The course deals with systematic design of industrial products. Specifically, the most critical phases of the design cycle are discussed, ie the planning and conceptual design of a new product, showing objectives and criticality. Methodologies and tools are therefore introduced to support the designer's actions in these activities, stimulating creativity attitudes and guiding toward original technical solutions to problem design.
- Engineering Design Methods: Strategies for Product Design, 4th Edition, Nigel Cross, John Wiley and Sons Ltd., Chichester, 2008.
- Engineering Design: A Systematic Approach, Third Edition, G. Pahl, W. Beitz, Jörg Feldhusen, Karl-Heinrich Grote, Springer, 2007.
- Re-engineering of Products and Processes - How to Achieve Global success in the Changing Marketplace, First Edition, Y. Borgianni, G. Cascini, F. Rotini, Springer 2012.
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The course objective is to transfer to the students a set of methodological tools for the systematic design of the industrial product.
CA1: Applying knowledge and understanding related to problem identification and formulation of solutions, in the field of mechanical engineering, to set up, design, implement and verify systems and apparatus, even of high functional complexity, taking into account the implications related to environmental, economic and ethical aspects, employing well established methods.
CA5: Applying in-depth knowledge and understanding related to the choice and use of appropriate equipment, tools, procedures and methods, knowing their limits and potential; in particular the ability to conduct even complex experiments, manage and employ advanced instrumentation and software, with appropriate analytical capabilities.
CA6: Applying knowledge and understanding related to the identification, location and retrieval of data and information necessary for the assessment.
CA12: Applying adequate knowledge and understanding to understand English texts.
CA16: Applying knowledge and understanding to analyze and interpret the data of an annual report, measure the profitability of an activity, project, business division and company as a whole, and to assess contribution margins and interpret the relationship between costs, volumes and income of a project/activity, as well as to be able of writing journal entries in accordance with the double-entry method of bookkeeping.
CC2: In-depth knowledge and understanding of the theoretical-scientific aspects of mathematics and other basic sciences. To be able to use this knowledge to interpret and describe complex and/or interdisciplinary engineering problems.
CC4: Knowledge and understanding of numerical methods for the design and verification of mechanical components and/or systems, including numerical models for the correct representation of material behaviour. Knowledge of analysis types necessary to carry out the aforesaid design and verification activity according to the most recent requirements of the industrial world.
CC9: Knowledge and understanding of the concepts of industrial innovation, quality and environmental compatibility applied to mechanical design and machine construction. Knowledge and understanding of methods for systemic innovation management. Knowledge of methods for the protection of intellectual property rights.
The course includes theoretical lectures and exercises. Lectures are integrated with examples and tutorials to clarify the use of the methodological tools introduced. The aim of the exercises is to apply the notions introduced during the lectures through study cases in order to put the student in a position to evaluate the problems of using the methodological tools handled.
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The student has to perform a teamwork focused on the innovation of a product. The student has to present the competencies in performing a need analysis, definition of requirements of a new product and design of the technical solution.
Methods and Tools for Product Planning
Methods and Tools for Conceptual Design
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