The goal of the course is to introduce the complexities of
product development and construction as well as a variety of
In the first phase of the course the solid modelling software
SolidWorks is introduced on an individual basis, depending on the
student's previous experience.
In the second phase a given product, this year a cheap copy of
Tivoli Audio's PAL radio, was disassembled and analysed in terms of
function, materials and construction. As the last step in this
phase the students modelled the radio's electronic components in
In the third phase the students had to make a new design for each
of the radios that had been given to them. This year the assignment
was to design a new radio for a worksite environment, what kind of
work and environment the radio should fit into was up to the
students to define.
The fourth and final phase covered the production of a full
functional prototype, first by modelling for rapid prototyping,
then rapid prototyping the new product shells followed by model
building and assembly with the existing components and finally a
presentation and demonstration of the working prototype.
Thomas Lindehell, SolidWorks teacher, Umeå Institute of
Pete Avondoglio, professor and senior advisor for the APD
Steen Mandsfelt Eriksen, Mandsfelt Industrial Design,
Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme