The goal of the course is to introduce the complexities of product
development and construction as well as a variety of professional
tools and methods.
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 together with a number of optimised
The creative exercise is introduced in the second phase. A given
product, this time low-cost LED lights, were disassembled and
analysed in terms of function, materials and construction and the
internal components were 3D modelled for size reference.
next phase the students were asked to selected an existing product
(without a light!) and combine this existing product (or function)
with the new feature of an in-build LED light and thereby create a
new product design together with a brand expression of their own
The fourth and final phase of the course covered the production of
a full functional prototype by rapid prototyping the new product
parts, followed by model building, painting and assembly with the
new LED components and finally a presentation and demonstration of
the working prototype.
Thomas Lindehell, SolidWorks teacher
Lars Isaksson, Workshop responsible
Thomas Degn, Programme Director for the APD programme