Designing Garden Trimmers

2017 Product Analysis

5-week course



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.

Work method

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 SolidWorks.

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.


Internal lecturers:

Johan Gustafsson, Industrial Designer, Struktur Design.
Oscar Björk, part-time teacher and Industrial Designer, Struktur Design.
Thomas Lindehell, SolidWorks Teacher.
Rikard Åström, Interaction Workshop Engineer.

Course responsible and internal tutor: 

Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme.