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Material-Oriented Product Development by QFD4Mat Material Selection Strategy Approach

  • Fabrizio D’ErricoEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the The Minerals, Metals & Materials Series book series (MMMS)


Beyond the already published SpringerBrief of the author on Material Selection strategy titled “Material Selections by a Hybrid Multi-Criteria Approach”, US Springer, 2015, the QFD4Mat method is presented as it has been teaching to engineering students as material selection strategy learning tool, as well as it has been adopting in big automotive sector industry that employs training and knowledge transfer. Structured on the classic quality function deployment approach, one key of success of QFD4Mat method is its open-source customizable platform by which any multidisciplinary teamwork with varying specialties and languages can actively participate to specific product development decision-making process, together with material specialists. The QFD4Mat method goes beyond usual Quality Function Deployment (shortly, QFD) technique by creation of two useful graphic analysis tools: (a) the material value curves for product and the Performance–Cost–Receptiveness (PCR) bubble maps, namely, two immediate infographic snapshots of the best product value material solution for the specific challenge.


Material selection strategy Manufacturing New product development Product competitiveness Innovation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringPolitecnico di MilanoMilanItaly

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