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  • Encouraging DfE in Design Education to promote Sustainable Medical Product Design

Arun Kumar, Pranay and Wang, Stephen Jia, 2019, Conference or Workshop, Encouraging DfE in Design Education to promote Sustainable Medical Product Design at LeNS-The Learning Network of Sustainability- World Distributed Conference, Milan, Italy, 3-5 Apr 2019.

Abstract or Description:

Without disputing the importance of eco-design and sustainability in design education, there is little evidence of work specifically targeting sustainable medical solutions. Developing medical devices is complex, financially risky, requires large upfront investment and involves long lead times to market. In global design education today, the rigour and necessary focus on safety and efficacy of medical devices has meant that efforts to minimize environmental impact are often deprioritized or postponed, but increasingly emphasising on providing guidance to firms. This exploratory study aims at understanding how design education affects DfE implementation in the process of designing medical products. 54 healthcare and medical design programs were identified online and analysed based on the information they provide on their websites. The surveys and the following analysis of the data helped highlight some of the problems in design education and open the platform for future work in environmentally conscious design education.

Official URL: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Pranay_Arun_K...
Subjects: Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
School or Centre: School of Design
Funders: RCA Research Office
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2019 09:29
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2019 09:29
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/3935

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