Supporting the Early Stages of Product Design by Function-Based Tools
The state-of-the-art in the early stages of design is a situation, where practically no computer-supported tools for a designer’s work exist. To get rid of this problem and to make decisions comprehensible and clear to other collaborating designers, a tool called “Engineering Workbench mfk” has been developed at our institute. To support especially the early stages of design, the tool “FunctionStructureModeller” was created as a further module for this extensive workbench. In the paper on the one hand the methodical approaches to this software-tool will be presented. On the other hand the “FunctionStructureModeller” will be introduced.