The goal of the course is to introduce the complexities of
product development and construction as well as a variety of
In the first phase of the course the solid modelling software
SolidWorks is introduced on an individual basis, depending on the
student's previous experience.
In the second phase the students were, for the second year in a
row, given a cheap copy of Tivoli Audio's PAL radio. The radio was
then disassembled and analysed in terms of function, materials and
construction. As the last step of this phase the students modelled
the radio's electronic components in SolidWorks.
In the third phase the students had to make a new design for each
of the radios that had been given to them. This year the assignment
was to design the new radio for a brand that are not producing
radios today, which brands this should be was up to the students to
The fourth and final phase covered the production of a full
functional prototype, first by modelling for rapid prototyping,
then rapid prototyping the new product shells followed by model
building and assembly with the existing components and finally a
presentation and demonstration of the working prototype.
Thomas Lindehell, SolidWorks teacher, Umeå Institute of
Johan Gustavsson, managing director, Struktur Design, Umeå
Magnus Melkersson, 3D modeling, Struktur Design, Umeå
Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme