Abstract

This dissertation presents a method for the design of customizable products that interface with the human body. The method presented involves first, a consistent method of capturing and representing the human model so that the model can be used with CAx tools and solid modeling techniques. Second, it provides a design methodology based on feature structure planning and assembly modeling that provides a consistent structure to the design process so that it can be reused and parameterized. Third, a strategy for identifying parametric variables that are referenced to the human body is introduced. The core of this method is the definition of biomechanical products as an assembly model, where human data is defined as the base part. This research expands on traditional mating conditions in assembly model methods by identifying different ways products can interface with the human body. With the identification of these mating conditions, products can be designed to interact with the body in definable ways through the definition of parametric strategies. This dissertation also presents the necessary theoretical and numerical methods for implementation of these mating conditions in a CAD system.

Degree

PhD

College and Department

Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Mechanical Engineering

Rights

http://lib.byu.edu/about/copyright/

Date Submitted

2007-12-14

Document Type

Dissertation

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd2251

Keywords

mass customization, customization, biomechanical, design, CAD, solid modeling, human, body, interface, parametric, assembly modeling

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