There is an increasing need for products that are able to react to changing operating conditions and user demands to achieve a high level of performance. Adaptronic solutions allow for property adjustments without major effects on system weight and size when they are applied in early phases of the design process. Since a framework for the design of adaptronic solutions is not yet established, this paper introduces an initial procedure and principles to provide design knowledge. The paper first gives an overview on adaptronics and adaptability as well as principles and guidelines for designing adaptable products. Fifteen adaptronic solution principles are derived from adaptronic solutions to provide the information needed for the design of adaptable products. A framework is proposed to apply the introduced principles within the conceptual design phase to avoid design conflicts and undesired effects. Finally, the framework is used for the design of adaptive joints for robotic applications.

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