A useful tool to be used early in mechanical design and product development. It is often used to assess alternative solutions to an engineering problem. It can also be used for market research & fundraising.
Design of machines & equipment using best practice design for manufacture & assembly techniques.
Use of karakuri principles to create low tech automation, popular in the medical device industry.
Design of new products using Design Thinking, a key component of the Lean Startup methodology. Due to a large number of unknowns, this can often be an iterative process. Costs & risks are minimised by iterating the design process as early as possible through the use of tools such as Minimum Viable Products (MVP) to guide product development.