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Product designers have the responsibility of ensuring the product they design goes to production without any issues. There are various snippets of “knowledge” available in the form of historic production documents, shop floor records, case studies, etc., both offline and online, that can greatly help get an early insight into potential issues. However, a major drawback is the lack of identifying “knowledge” based on this due to their fragmented distribution. Now, researchers at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, Mr. N. Madhusudanan, Prof. Amaresh Chakrabarti and Prof. B. Gurumoorthy, at the Centre for Product Design and Manufacturinghave developed a method for automatically recovering relevant information from document collections. They validated this methodology in the context of aircraft assembly.
In a multinational collaborative study, researchers have designed a novel mobile app that can help novice designers in converting existing artifacts or mechanical objects into abstract representations. Prof. Amaresh Chakrabarti from the Centre for Product Design and Manufacturing, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and his team, consisting of researchers from Taiwan, have used Augmented Reality to build this tool that can aid design innovation.
For designers, being able to conceptualise a three-dimensional version of a design they are developing is the starting point. What if you could draw a three-dimensional model of a car you've imagined in your head? Scientists from IISc introduce innovative elements to augment and improve the field of 3D sketching, which could provide product designers an improved 3D platform while sketching new designs.
An IISc team has developed a new software tool that can help designers get inspiration from the best designer ever - nature. Aptly named 'Idea-Inspire', the tool can methodically and systematically help generate stimuli for designers to find creative solutions to their problems. The tool, inspired by design challenges in the aerospace industry, is already used by the industry leaders. The organisations that are using the science behind this tool to solve their design challenges include ISRO, University of Cambridge (UK), Montreal University (Canada), and world's leading aeroengine manufacturers Rolls-Royce and Pratt and Whitney.
Researchers from IISc have made a prototype of a monitoring system that can help identify water losses and raise alarms.
A lot of resources and money is spent in purifying and cleaning naturally available water to make it potable. Loss of purified water is a waste of these resources and a financial loss to the water distribution authorities. In addition, leakage points tend to deteriorate the pipelines and also pose a risk of exposing water to bacteria and other impurities. Thus it is extremely important to identify water losses so that corrective action can be taken. “It has been observed that a large amount of water loss happens close to the source of purified water, even before the distribution network” says study author Vignesh Kudva.
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