Real-time integration of prototypes in the product development process

Bingjian Liu, R. I. Campbell, Eujin Pei

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9 Citations (Scopus)


Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to identify the strengths and weaknesses associated with physical and virtual prototyping and propose an approach that utilises a real-time integration of both methods through an automated process. Design/methodology/approach - Following a literature review, the paper presents the results of a survey investigating the current use of prototyping. It then discusses a series of trials that were developed for the proposed tool. Findings - Physical and virtual prototypes are not competitive but rather complementary. An integrated real-time system would reduce cost and shorten the product design process. Originality/value - This paper provides recommendations on how real-time integration of both physical and virtual prototypes could potentially streamline the new product development process.

Original languageEnglish
Article number17077307
Pages (from-to)22-28
Number of pages7
JournalAssembly Automation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Integration
  • Product design
  • Product development
  • Prototypes
  • Real-time

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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