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Removing the Barriers: New Approaches for Industrial Design Students

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    Using examples from recent student work at San Jose State University, this session will present a case study on how the introduction of CAD earlier in design workflow benefitted students with little or no design abilities. It will explore how students were able to ramp up quickly and remove the barriers to entry for learning the industrial design process. Incorporating Fusion 360 in the industrial design curriculum at San Jose State University was pivotal in expanding product development workflows in other emerging technologies that improved students' industrial design development success. Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality (AR), and 3D printing make it possible to maintain continuity in design development and evaluation conversations, while also reducing environmental impact through more sustainable, iterative practice

    Key Learnings

    • Learn about how early CAD integration in product development can benefit the design process.
    • Understand the important roles sketching, CAD, and physical models play in successful product development.
    • Explore how using various emerging technologies such as AI and AR can benefit product design workflows, reduce environmental impact, and provide sustainable iterative design options.
    • Outline the pitfalls and obstacles to success when implementing early CAD use in the industrial design process.