The goal of the course is to introduce the complexities of
product development and construction through a number of software
tutorials and a creative design assignment.
In the first phase of the course a series of low-price
off-the-shelve electric multi-trimmers for smaller cutting and
trimming of hedges, scrubs and grass, were disassembled and
analysed in terms of function, materials and construction.
In the second phase the solid modelling software SolidWorks was
introduced on an individual basis, depending on the student's
previous experience. As a part of the software tutoring the
students modelled the screwdriver's internal components in
In the third phase the students was asked to create a new design
for the multi-trimmer based on the selection and analysis of a
brand of their own choice.
The fourth and final phase covered the production of a full
functional prototype, first by modelling shell-parts for rapid
prototyping, followed by the assembling the new parts with the
existing components. At the final presentation the working
prototype was shown and demonstrated.
Johan Gustafsson, Industrial Designer, Struktur Design.
Oscar Björk, part-time teacher and Industrial Designer, Struktur
Thomas Lindehell, SolidWorks Teacher.
Rikard Åström, Interaction Workshop Engineer.
Course responsible and internal tutor:
Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme.