Unformatted text preview: Karthik Ramani School of Mechanical Engineering School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (by courtesy) Creativity is central to the design process and plays a very important role in the concept generation Once preliminary functional specifications are developed and problem well understood; move to concept generation Everything that can be invented has been invented -Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899. ! Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun. Mary Lou Cook " $
Design engineer has to think both logically and creatively, switching between creative thinking and deductive thinking Creative thinking: Divergent, associative, lateral, artistic Deductive thinking: Realistic, convergent, vertical # $
Involves selecting concepts and making decisions: logic, analysis, judgement and evaluation Associated with science and maths where one correct solution to the problem exists Considers one solution, employs rules, scientific principles, and thinking halts if a logical step is not attainable Model - solution strategy - refine model
% Involves imagination, visualization, irregularity, and chaos Responsible to generate numerous solutions to problems Nonjudgmental, numerous ideas, considers all information, imagination Stages: Preparation, incubation, illumination, verification & '
Vertical thinking is selective, lateral thinking is generative (
Richness Creates more pathways Many alternative approach Just move or change that matters ‘ I am looking, but don’t know until I have found it’ Rightness Selects a pathway Most promising approach Definite approach ‘I know what I am...
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This note was uploaded on 07/09/2010 for the course ME ME553 taught by Professor Ramahni during the Spring '09 term at Purdue University Calumet.
- Spring '09
- Mechanical Engineering