Design for Refurbishment

2020 Product Analysis and Construction

5-week course




The goals of the course is to introduce the complexities of product development and construction through a number of software tutorials and a creative design assignment with the focus on creating a product that is designed to be refurbished and have multiple life-cycles. Another aspect practised in the course is the awareness and ability of designing with a specific number of work hours.

Work method

In the first phase of the course a series of off-the-shelve digital air pressure gauges were disassembled and analysed in terms of function, materials, construction and production.
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 thermometers internal components as references for later work.
In the third phase the students were asked to, within a specified number of "billable hours" for the ideation phase, create a new design for the gauge based on the selection and analysis of a brand of their own choice. 


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the fourth and final phase, that usually includes the production of a physical functional prototype through rapid prototyping, this year the students were asked to created digital presentation material in order t0 demonstrate a visual functional prototype of their design.

Internal lecturers:

Johan Gustafsson, Industrial Designer, Struktur Design.
Jonas Sandström, Industrial Designer and Associate Professor.
Oscar Björk, Industrial Designer and Lecturer.
Thomas Lindehell, SolidWorks teacher.
Rikard Åström, Interaction Workshop Engineer.

Course responsible and internal tutor:
Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme.