10-week term project in collaboration with Atlas Copco
Industrial Technique AB
The objective was to identify and address relevant design
opportunities for new hand tool solutions for the product segments
within aerospace assembly. The project was carried out in joint
collaboration with Atlas Copco Industrial Technique AB, a
world-leading provider of industrial tool solutions for the
During the first week of the project, the students made a
research trip to the Airbus factory in Hamburg, Germany for a
guided tour around the plant in order to get an understanding of
the complexity and size of an aerospace production plant.
At the Atlas Copco's headquarter in Stockholm the students got
first-hand experience to the actual feel and use of the tools
currently produced and used. All together this provided the first
valuable insights into the specialised operations, requirements and
technologies that are used and required with the aerospace assembly
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 a
design brief, specifying how this design challenge would be
addressed by the student the remaining time of the project.
Both Atlas Copco and Airbus were represented at the final
presentation in UID, where students presented their final concepts
and exhibited their results with posters and presentation
The final result of the project were 14 different concepts of
new product concepts for a wide range of identified design
opportunities covering smarter, quicker and more accurate drilling,
fastening, riveting and measuring solutions.
External project tutors from Atlas Copco
Ola Stray, Manager Industrial Design and Human Factors
Francisco Lindoro, Senior Industrial Designer (APD alumnus
Per Törnberg, Business Manager Aerospace.
Thibaut Papaix, Global Product Manager Aerospace
Lars Burkhardt, Sales Manager Aerospace (Germany).
External tutor and model making instructor:
Johan Gustafsson, Industrial Designer, Struktur Design
Internal UID tutors:
Jonas Sandström, Brendon Clark, Linda Bresäter, Tomas Lindehell
and David Risberg.
Course responsible and internal tutor:
Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme.