10-week term project with Atlas Copco Industrial Technique
The objective was to identify relevant design opportunities
based on insights gained from on-site research and participatory
observations. The project was a joint collaboration with Atlas
Copco, a world-leading provider of industrial tools.
During the first week of the project, the APD students made a
research trip to Atlas Copco's headquarter in Stockholm followed by
a study trip to Stavanger in Norway to fully get an insight to the
specialised tools used for bolt tightening through either torque or
Please have a look at the short movie below summarizing the
first research week.
In the project's second phase the students presented their
findings and were introduced to methods for sharing information and
generating ideas from the insights obtained. The outcome of these
activities was used to identify and establish a number of design
opportunities. After this, each student was asked to choose a
design opportunity, carry out additional research and to write an
individual design brief, specifying how this design challenge would
be addressed by the student the remaining time of the project. When
preparing for the final presentation the students also made
physical models of their final design concept.
The final result of the project were 11 different concepts of
new product solutions for a wide range of identified design
opportunities within the wide ranging fields of:
More ergonomic, system-based and safer hand-tools for quicker
operations and inspections. Concept ideas for new types of
semi-automated handheld solutions and full-automated mounted
applications for windmill towers and a concept for quicker and more
efficient operations subsea.
This short movie gives sneak peak to the final presentation at
External project tutors from Atlas Copco
Ola Stray, Manager - Industrial Design and Human Factors
Erik Borg, Industrial Designer (APD alumnus 2011)
Internal tutor and model making instructor:
Johan Gustafsson, Industrial Designer, Struktur Design.
Course responsible and internal tutor:
Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme