Next Generation Aerospace Assembly

2018 Design Methodology

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 assembly industry.

Work Method

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 today. 

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 models.


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 Office.
Francisco Lindoro, Senior Industrial Designer (APD alumnus 2011).
Per Törnberg, Business Manager Aerospace.
Thibaut Papaix, Global Product Manager Aerospace Assembly.
Lars Burkhardt, Sales Manager Aerospace (Germany).

External tutor and model making instructor:

Johan Gustafsson, Industrial Designer, Struktur Design AB.

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.