The Evolution of Digital Tools for Product Design

  • Massimo FucciEmail author


The development of digital tools for product design started with the research works on computer graphics in the 1960s. By the end of the decade a number of companies were founded to commercialize the first CAD programs. Since then, the tools and the technology used in product development have advanced rapidly, were based on different modeling methods, and used in several industrial sectors. During the years, the developers have concentrated less on the functionality of the design tools, and more on issues related to the management of the product life cycle. The chapter tells the story of the digital tools for product design, by addressing their evolution till the current product life cycle management solutions that integrate various tools for better integrating the product development phases.


Product Life Cycle Digital Model Product Development Process Digital Tool Product Lifecycle Management 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pentaconsulting S.r.L.MilanItaly

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