Integrating 'rapid protyping as design': a case study
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The integration of ‘rapid prototype as design’ (RPaD) methodologies in the new product development (NPD) process, combined with effectively utilising virtual and physical rapid prototyping technologies, increases the potential for producing superior, better optimised products, and in shorter developmental timeframes. It is essential that education about RPaD methodologies is integrated into the curriculum of product design and engineering programmes in universities and tertiary institutes. The paper outlines background to RPaD and presents a case study of product design projects undertaken by students at AUT, University, in which RPaD was used as a key design methodology.