CIRP Encyclopedia of Production Engineering

2014 Edition
| Editors: The International Academy for Production Engineering, Luc Laperrière, Gunther Reinhart

Detail Design

  • Wessel W. Wits
Reference work entry


Detail design is the design phase that starts after the conceptual and embodiment design phases have ended and aims to deliver a complete product description.

Theory and Application

When designing, traditionally one tries to progress from requirements to an acceptable solution that is as optimal as possible. According to Pahl and Beitz (1996) during the design process, several phases are completed. Detail design comes after the conceptual design, where a working concept is selected that will fulfill the intended functionalities. “This includes the complete specification of the geometry, materials, and tolerances of all of the unique parts in the product and the identification of all of the standard parts to be purchased from suppliers. A process plan is established and tooling is designed for each part to be fabricated within the production system” (Ulrich and Eppinger 2008).

In other words, during the embodiment and detail design phase, the concept is given its detailed...
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoy of Design, Production and Management, Faculty of Engineering TechnologyUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands