With the introduction of virtual prototyping into the product development process, simultaneous product/process design is enabled. The research reported in this paper illustrates an integration of product and disassembly process design via virtual prototyping. In this context, a virtual prototype is an information model consisting of a product model and one or more process models. Virtual prototype generation is a hybrid process consisting of both automated and interactive tasks. Simultaneous product/process design is accomplished by formulating the integrated product/process design problem as a multiobjective optimization problem in which product/process requirements are evaluated via virtual prototyping. Solution of the integrated product/process design problems is achieved through the application of the MORPS algorithm. Application of the use of virtual prototypes is presented in the simultaneous product/process design of an automotive center console.

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