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This slideshare was presented at the Fedustria Sustech event. This event focussed on sustainable solutions for the furniture industry. In this slideshare we explain how we use abstract thinking to …

This slideshare was presented at the Fedustria Sustech event. This event focussed on sustainable solutions for the furniture industry. In this slideshare we explain how we use abstract thinking to solve concrete problems and how it can accelerate your innovation process.
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Fedustria is a trade organization for Belgian companies involved in the textile and apparel, woodworking and furniture industries.

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  • Therefore CREAX derived a list of properties from the TRIZ methodology. There are about 20 universal properties. By varying these properties according to a predetermined pattern, new functionalities can be achieved. And these new functionalities can help to solve contradictions
  • Therefore CREAX derived a list of properties from the TRIZ methodology. There are about 20 universal properties. By varying these properties according to a predetermined pattern, new functionalities can be achieved. And these new functionalities can help to solve contradictions
  • ‘Active Disassembly’ (AD) technology is a method of disassembling products into their separate components.Any singular or combination use of specifically engineered and/or Smart materials, adhesives, layers and parts, integral or discrete, play a key role within AD.
  • ‘Active Disassembly’ (AD) technology is a method of disassembling products into their separate components.Any singular or combination use of specifically engineered and/or Smart materials, adhesives, layers and parts, integral or discrete, play a key role within AD.
  • To make for easier access across the wide sills, the XL1 has large gullwing doors which cut right into the roof. If you end up upside down in the XL1, explosive bolts release the gullwing doors.
  • To make for easier access across the wide sills, the XL1 has large gullwing doors which cut right into the roof. If you end up upside down in the XL1, explosive bolts release the gullwing doors.
  • It is not always necessary to use fixtures. Sometimes the parts themselves function as the fixture.
  • It is not always necessary to use fixtures. Sometimes the parts themselves function as the fixture.
  • Inspired by the gecko’s ability to scale even the steepest and smoothest surface, scientists are now making tape and sheets based on gecko toes. These tapes can adhere to any surface without using glue and are at the same time very easily released. (yes, that’s a contradiction)
  • Inspired by the gecko’s ability to scale even the steepest and smoothest surface, scientists are now making tape and sheets based on gecko toes. These tapes can adhere to any surface without using glue and are at the same time very easily released. (yes, that’s a contradiction)
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    • 1. ABSTRACT thinking   for   CONCRETE  solu.ons   @creaxnv   Examples  are  focusing  on  the  following  topics.   §  Design  for  disassembly   §  Modularity   §  Dematerializa.on  
    • 2. CLASSICAL  DESIGN  PROCESS   Research   Concept   Design  
    • 3. CLASSICAL  DESIGN  PROCESS   Research   Concept   Design   FUZZY   FOCUS  
    • 4. CLASSICAL  DESIGN  PROCESS   Research   Concept   Design   FUZZY   FOCUS   The  classical  design  process   is  oOen  unstructured  in  the   beginning,  companies  loose   .me,  resources  and  focus.     This  phase  is  referred  to  as   the  fuzzy  front-­‐end  of   innova.on.  
    • 5. STRUCTURED  DESIGN  PROCESS   Research   Concept   Design   FOCUS  FUZZY   At  CREAX  we  believe  a   structured  innova.on   method  can  help  you  in   simplifying  this  difficult   process.  
    • 6. How  to  unfuzzy   the  fuzzy  front-­‐  end?  
    • 7. Abstract  thinking.  
    • 8. Abstract  thinking.   Abstract  thinking  can  help   you  in  structuring  the   innova.on  process,   however  the  formula.on  in   it  itself  is  also  kind  of   abstract…     In  this  presenta.on  you’ll   discover  a  prac.cal   checklist  for  abstract   thinking  for  concrete  idea   genera.on.  
    • 9. The  product  on  this  slide  is   an  innova.ve  safety  knife   by  Slice.       Let’s  try  to  describe  it.  
    • 10. curved   textured   blunt   hollow   Each  product  can  be   described  by  a  combina.on   of  its  proper.es,  we  call  this   it’s  product  DNA.   Method by AULIVE
    • 11. to  protect to  grip to  hang to  grip to  avoid  injury to  store  knives No.ce  the  rela.on  between   each  property  &  func.on.     The  func.on  of  a  product  is   defined  by  the  specific   combina.on  of  its   proper.es.  
    • 12. 20  generic  proper.es   to  solve  problems   Method by AULIVE
    • 13. 20  generic  proper.es   to  solve  problems   In  the  fiOies  a  Russian,   scien.st  Genrich  Altshuller,   discovered  a  list  of  trends  of   evolu-on  to  solve  all   problems  in  the  world.   These  trends  were  based  on   the  solu.ons  described  in   patents.     At  CREAX  we  use  these   property  changes  as   checklist  to  force  our   product  in  all  possible  idea   direc.ons  and  thus   accelera.ng  our  innova.on   process.   Method by AULIVE
    • 14. 14 All problems?   Because  of  this  level   abstrac.on  the  systema.c   method  is  able  to  generate   solu.ons  across  all  products   and  industries.       So  yes  Angus,  all  problems.  
    • 15. Let’s  look  at  some  examples  in   the  following  fields.     Design  for  disassembly   Modularity   Dematerializa.on  
    • 16. Let’s  look  at  some  examples  in   the  following  fields.     Design  for  disassembly   Modularity   Dematerializa.on  
    • 17. INTEGRATION   Mono  system   Bi  system   Polysystem   This  table  has  an  integrated   zipper  for  assembly.     Zip  me  up   Method by AULIVE
    • 18. Benjamin Vermeulens Flatpac
    • 19. Benjamin Vermeulens Flatpac STATE   Solid   Liquid/gas   Field   Dutch  designer  Benjamin   Vermeulen  got  inspired  by   the  inability  of  some  people   to  assemble  IKEA  furniture.     He  explored  different   routes  to  make  this  even   more  easy.  His  Flatpac   series  have  magne.c   connec.on  points  and  just   click  in  place.     Even  the  hinges  are   integrated  by  these   magnets.   Method by AULIVE
    • 20. SURFACE   Smooth  surface   2D  protrusions   3D  protrusions   Quinze  &  Milan  integrated   the  screw  func.on  in  the   legs  of  the  chair.     A  simple  surface   modifica.on  makes  sure   the  chair  can  be  assembled   without  tools.   Method by AULIVE
    • 21. I 21   COORDINATION   Non-­‐coordinated  ac.on   Coordinated  ac.on   Ac.on  during  intervals   By  using  shape  memory   polymers  products  can   ac.vely  be  disassembled.     As  soon  these  plugs  and   screws  are  heated  they   change  shape  and  the   products  disintegrate.  This   coordinated  ac.on  offers  an   alterna.ve  to  the   conven.onal  shredding   process.   Method by AULIVE
    • 22. COORDINATION   Non-­‐coordinated  ac.on   Coordinated  ac.on   Ac.on  during  intervals   In  case  the  Volkswagen  XL1   arrives  on  its  roof  explosive   make  sure  the  doors  are   removed  and  passengers   can  escape.     This  coordinated  ac.on  is   used  by  the  NASA  to   remove  fuel  tanks  from  the   space  shufle.     Method by AULIVE
    • 23. Design  for  disassembly   Modularity   Dematerializa.on  
    • 24. Land peel by Yamashita SURFACE   Smooth  surface   2D  protrusions   3D  protrusions   Method by AULIVE
    • 25. Land peel by Yamashita SURFACE   Smooth  surface   2D  protrusions   3D  protrusions   A  carpet  is  nothing  more   than  a  flexible,  rectangular   piece  of  fabric.     However  by  changing  its   surface  it  can  be   transferred  in  a  chair,  table   or  desk.   Method by AULIVE
    • 26. SEGMENTATION   Monolithic   Segmented   Powder  Method by AULIVE
    • 27. SEGMENTATION   Monolithic   Segmented   Powder   Electronic  devices  are  not   designed  to  last  and  get   thrown  away.  Usually  it’s   only  one  of  the  components   which  causing  the  problem.     Phonebloks  offers  the   possibility  to  exchange   component  by  component,   which  we  call  segmenta.on   of  your  product.     Phonebloks  was  taken  over   by  Motoral  and  is  now  in   development.   Method by AULIVE
    • 28. Design  for  disassembly   Modularity   Dematerializa.on  
    • 29. I SMART  AUDITORIUM  CHAIR   29   Jumpseat by Ziba FLEXIBILITY   Immobile   Mul.ple   joints   Completely     flexible   Method by AULIVE
    • 30. I SMART  AUDITORIUM  CHAIR   30   Jumpseat by Ziba FLEXIBILITY   Immobile   Mul.ple   joints   Completely     flexible   To  conserve  space  in  their   new  auditorium  Ziba  had  to   be  crea.ve.  They  used  a   combina.on  of  flexible   plywood  and  sheet  steel  as   an  alterna.ve  to  movie   theatre  sea.ng.     This  flexible  sea.ng  nearly   disappears  when  not  in  use.   Method by AULIVE
    • 31. OPPOSITES   Method by AULIVE
    • 32. Challenging  dominant  logic.   Why  should  the  legs  of   table  be  fixed  to  the  table   top?     By  using  opposite  forces   this  table  is  both  fixed  and   loose  at  the  same  .me.     Method by AULIVE
    • 33. SURFACE   SURFACE   Smooth  surface   2D  protrusions   3D  protrusions   Method by AULIVE
    • 34. Method by AULIVE SURFACE   SURFACE   Smooth  surface   2D  protrusions   3D  protrusions   Glue  is  geing  banned  from   most  industries  and   researchers  are  looking  for   alterna.ves.     Inspired  by  the  gecko’s   ability  to  scale  even  the   smoothest  surface   scien.sts  are  designing   glueless  tapes.  The  surface   of  it’s  toes  seem  to  be  the   secret.  
    • 35. Self assembling chair 35 AUTOMATION   Human   Human  +   automated  tool   Fully  automated   tool   Method by AULIVE
    • 36. 36 Noumenon Designer  Carl  Desmet  has   used  a  shape  memory   polymer  to  make  this  chair.     The  chair  is  compressed   and  transported  flat,  but  by   the  addi.on  of  heat  the   chair  automa.cally  gets  its   final  shape.   Method by AULIVE
    • 37. SEGMENTATION   Monolithic   Segmented   Powder  Nervous Kinematics Method by AULIVE
    • 38. SEGMENTATION   Monolithic   Segmented   Powder  Nervous Kinematics Method by AULIVE
    • 39. SEGMENTATION   Monolithic   Segmented   Powder  Nervous Kinematics Kinema.cs  is  a  system  for   3D  prin.ng  that  creates   complex,  foldable  forms   composed  of  connected   modules.       Because  of  this   segmenta.on  tex.le   crea.ons  bigger  than  the  3d   printer  build  volume  can  be   produced.   Method by AULIVE
    • 40. PROPERTY  FUNCTION  RELATION   What  do  I  change,   what  do  I  gain?  
    • 41. SYSTEMATIC   INNOVATION   WWW.CREAX.COM   Inspired?   We  help  companies  with  their  innova.on   challenges.   problem  solving  –  product  innova.on  –  process  innova.on   technology  transfer  –  new  applica.ons  and  markets     Diederik  Syoen  -­‐  Marke.ng  Manager   ds@creax.com     www.creax.com   t    +32  (0)  56  23  94  94