Design Engineering and Human Computer Interaction: Function Oriented Problem Solving in CAD Applications

  • Gisela S. BahrEmail author
  • Stephen L. Wood
  • Anthony Escandon
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9175)


CAD Software such as CREO and SolidWorks are used to develop mechanical parts and assemblies and do not explicitly support the function of the feature, component, part or assembly. Therefore, the reasoning of why and how a design is developed has not been incorporated into current CAD systems. At the same time, CAD systems support sophisticated functions such automated routing, modelling and simulation of dynamic and geometric properties and design solutions tracking. In this paper we investigate (a) to what degree CAD tools have advanced beyond drafting tools to include cognitive supports that facilitate problem solving and (b) which possibilities exist to enhance CAD with cognitive tools that with focus on the intersection between cognitive psychology, interaction design and design engineering remain unexplored.


Engineering design Design reasoning Design support Design cognition Problem solving Creo SolidWorks Functional fixedness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gisela S. Bahr
    • 1
    Email author
  • Stephen L. Wood
    • 1
  • Anthony Escandon
    • 1
  1. 1.Florida Institute of TechnologyMelbourneUSA

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