Mirko Meboldt: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2017

Name Prof. Dr. Mirko Meboldt
FieldProduct Development and Engineering Design
Chair of Product Dev.& Eng. Design
ETH Zürich, LEE O 210
Leonhardstrasse 21
8092 Zürich
Award: The Golden Owl
Telephone+41 44 632 72 38
DepartmentMechanical and Process Engineering
RelationshipFull Professor

151-0063-10LEngineering-Tool V: Programming with LabVIEW (for Tutors of the Innovation Project) Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 30.

Only one course can be chosen per semester. All Engineering Tool courses are for MAVT Bachelor's students only.
0.4 credits1KJ. Eisenberg, M. Meboldt
AbstractLabVIEW is a data-flow based development environment for a visual programming language for the programming of mechatronical systems. Because of the graphical programming language, labVIEW is suitable for students of mechanical engineering.
ObjectiveIntroduction into LabVIEW software and myRIO hardware. Setup of a basic mechatronical system with LabVIEW.
ContentMain contents:
- Basics of dataflow programming
- Basics of the LabVIEW environment
- Programming with LabVIEW
- Introduction into the myRIO module & the Mechatronics Kit
- practical example cases (control of motors, servos, reading of sensors)
Lecture noteswill be distributed
LiteratureNo further scripts are required.
Prerequisites / NoticeOwn laptops for the performance of the exercices are required.
Microcontroller, actors & sensors are provided.
For the attestation, the performance of the exercices and attendence are compulsory.
Maximum number of attendees is limited to 30.
Tutors of the Innovation Project are favored in the selection.
151-0068-10LEngineering-Tool V: Reduction of Production Costs and Value Analysis
Number of participants limited to 16.

Only one course can be chosen per semester. All Engineering Tool courses are for MAVT Bachelor's students only.
0.4 credits1KM. Meboldt
AbstractHerstellkosten sind die grösste Herausforderung für produzierende Unternehmen in Hochlohnländen. Für eine signifikante Kostenreduktion müssen alle Bereiche der Produktentstehung betrachtet werden. Der Tools-kurs vermittelt anhand von konkreten Projekt- und Produktbeispielen "zum Anfassen" aus der Praxis, die wichtigsten Werkzeuge der gezielten Kostenrektion in Produktentwicklung und Konstruktion.
ObjectiveDas methodische Vorgehen zur Reduktion und Einschätzung von Herstellkosten wird in der Kombination von Theorie und Fallstudien vermittelt.
Die Teilnehmer lernen die wichtigsten Instrumente der Kostenreduktion in der Entwicklung kennen und trainieren Ihre Anwendung an konkreten Fallstudien.
ContentVermittlung eines methodischen Vorgehens anhand von "Best Practices" von konkreter Projektbeispiele.
- Istzustand - die "Systematik" der Kostenreduktion
- Potenzialanalyse - die "Kreativität" der Kostenreduktion
- Kostentransparenz und -visualisierung
- Fertigungs-, Montage- und Kostengerechtes Entwickeln
- Lean Production
Lecture noteswird bereitgestellt.
151-0079-51LSkinfactory BioReactor Restricted registration - show details
Prerequisite: Enrollment for 151-0079-52L Skinfactory BioReactor in HS16.
14 credits15AM. Meboldt
AbstractStudents develop and build a product from A-Z! They work in teams and independently, learn to structure problems, to identify solutions, system analysis and simulations, as well as presentation and documentation techniques. They build the product with access to a machine shop and state of the art engineering tools (Matlab, Simulink, etc).
ObjectiveThe various objectives of the Focus Project are:
- Synthesizing and deepening the theoretical knowledge from the
basic courses of the 1. - 4. semester
- Team organization, work in teams, increase of interpersonal skills
- Independence, initiative, independent learning of new topic
- Problem structuring, solution identification in indistinct problem
definitions, searches of information
- System description and simulation
- Presentation methods, writing of a document
- Ability to make decisions, implementation skills
- Workshop and industrial contacts
- Learning and recess of special knowledge
- Control of most modern engineering tools (Matlab, Simulink, CAD,
- Convert and experience technical solutions
151-0300-00LInnovation Project2 credits2UM. Meboldt
AbstractThe students are going through a product development process starting with the first idea to the functional product. The participants will learn to work on a complex development task in a team (5-6 pers.), to structure a given problem, to generate and evaluate ideas as well as the design and realization of the product with subsequent verification.
ObjectiveThe students learn and experience the principles of product development. In addition to acquiring development methodical responsibilities, the main focus is on working together as a team. The participants are taught how to structure a complex development objective and how to achieve this objective in team work. In the end, the students will master the basics of development processes and development methodical tools.
Prerequisites / NoticeSuccessfull completion of the project is mandatory for lecture certificate.
151-0302-00LInnovation Process2 credits1V + 1UM. Meboldt, Q. Lohmeyer
AbstractThe lecture considers the basic steps of the innovation process from the idea to the product with a special focus on the corresponding elements of the design and development methodology. The methods and tools are practical applied in the accompanied Innovation Project.
ObjectiveThe students know the basic steps of the innovation process as well as the methods supporting the design and development within. In addition to this the students enable the competence to choose, adapt and apply suitable methods depending on the current situation.
ContentBasic Development Methodology
- Creativity Techniques
- Evaluation and Selection Methods
- Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
- Questioning Techniques and Test Strategies

Basic Design Methodology
- Basic Rules of Embodiment Design
- Principles of Embodiment Design
- Design for Production
- Prototyping and System Optimization
Lecture notesHandouts of the lecture slides are distributed on the website.
Literature1) Cross, N. (2008) Engineering Design Methods. Chichester, Wiley.
2) Pahl, G.; Beitz, W.; Feldhusen, J.; Grote, K.-H. (2007) Engineering Design. London, Springer.
Prerequisites / NoticeFor Bachelor studies in Mechanical and Process Engineering the lecture "Maschinenelemente" (HS) is examined together with "Innovationsprozess" (FS).
151-0316-00LMethods in the Innovation Process Information Restricted registration - show details 4 credits3GC. Kobe, R. P. Haas, M. Meboldt, R.‑D. Moryson
AbstractDuring this lecture student teams have to generate and develop product innovation ideas within a given innovation fields. The lectures will give an introduction to several innovation methods and support the students to apply them.
Objective- advanced knowledge about the innovation-process
- overview on useful methods for the early innovation process
- experience in applying these methods
- capability to classify a Project situation and choose, adapt and apply appropriate methods
ContentModules (may differ from year to year):
- Innovation process
- Use cases
- Scenario techniques
- Creativity methods
- Innovation strategy
- Failure mode and effect analysis FMEA
- Quality function deployment QFD
- Target costing TC
- Decision methods
- Moderation technique
Lecture notesslides will be distributed via moodle
151-0332-00LInterdisciplinary Product Development: Definition, Realisation and Validation of Product Concepts
Number of participants limited to: 5 (ETHZ) + 20 (ZHdK)

To apply for the course please create a pdf of 1-2 Pages describing yourself and your motivation for the course as well as one or more of your former development projects. Please add minimum one picture and send the pdf to martin.schuetz@mavt.ethz.ch
4 credits3G + 2AM. Schütz, M. Meboldt
AbstractThis course is offered by the Design and Technology Lab Zurich, a platform where students from the disciplines industrial design (ZHdK) and mechanical engineering (ETH) can learn, meet and perform projects together. In interdisciplinary teams the students develop a product by applying methods used in the different disciplines within the early stages of product development.
ObjectiveThis interdisciplinary course has the following learning objectives:
- to learn and apply methods of the early stages of product development from both fields: mechanical engineering and industrial design
- to use iterative and prototyping-based development (different types of prototypes and test scenarios)
- to run through a development process from product definition to final prototype and understand the mechanisms behind it
- to experience collaboration with the other discipline and learn how to approach and deal with any appearing challenge
- to understand and experience consequences which may result of decision taken within the development process
ContentAt the end of the course each team should present an innovative product concept which convinces from both, the technical as well as the design perspective. The product concept should be presented as functioning prototype.

The learning objectives will be reached with the following repeating cycle:
1) input lectures
The relevant theoretical basics will be taught in short lectures by different lecturers from both disciplines, mechanical engineering an industrial design. The focus is laid on methods, processes and principles of product development.
2) team development
The students work on their projects individually and apply the taught methods. At the same time, they will be coached and supported by mentors to pass through the product development process successfully.
3) presentation
Important milestones are presented and discussed during the course, thus allowing teams to learn from each other.
4) reflection
The students deepen their understanding of the new knowledge and learn from failures. This is especially important if different disciplines work together and use methods from both fields.
Lecture notesHands out after input lectures
151-3204-00LCoaching, Leading and Organising Innovation Projects4 credits4VI. Goller, R. P. Haas, M. Meboldt
AbstractThe course is building up skills and experience in leading engineering projects and coaching design teams. To gain experience and to reflect real coaching situations, the participants of the course have the role of teaching assistance of the innovation project (151-0300-00L). In this framework the participants coach teams and professionalize the knowledge in the area product development methods.
Objective- Critical thinking and reasoned judgements
- Basic knowledge about role and mindset of a coach
- Understanding the challenges of engineering projects and design teams
- Development of personal skills to apply and train product development methods
- Knowledge and know-how about applying methods
- Reflection and exchange of experiences about personal coaching situations
- Inspiration and learning from good cases regarding organizational and team management aspects
- Decision-making under uncertainty
ContentBasic knowledge about role and mindset of a coach
- Introduction into coaching: definition & models
- Introduction into the coaching process
Knowledge and reflection about the problems in coaching an innovation project
- Knowledge about team development
- Reflection about critical phases in the innovation process for an innovation team
- Know-how about reference model for analysis critical situations
Development of personal coaching competencies, e.g. active listening, asking questions, giving feedback
- Competencies in theoretical models
- Coaching competencies: exercises and reflection
Knowledge and know-how about coaching methods
- Knowledge about basic coaching methods for technical projects/innovations projects
- Know-how about usage of methods in the coaching process
Reflection and exchange of experiences about personal coaching situations
- Self-reflection
- Exchange of experiences in the lecture group
Good practice on orgaizational and management aspects
- How to do system and concurrent engineering
- agile development methods (Scrum)
- Projct planning and replanning
Facilitating conflict situations
- Sample cases from former teams
- Actual cases of participants
Role of coaches between examinator and "friend"
- Facilitating decisions
- Using and applying coaches opinions and knokwledge
Lecture notesSlides, script and other documents will be distributed electronically
(access only for paticipants registered to this course).
LiteraturePlease refer to a lecture script.
Prerequisites / NoticeOnly for participants (Bachelor Students, Master Students) who are teaching assistants in the innovation project).
327-2224-00LMaP Distinguished Lecture Series on Additive Manufacturing
This course is primarily designed for MSc and doctoral students. Guests are welcome.
1 credit2SA. R. Studart, M. Meboldt
AbstractThis course is an interdisciplinary colloquium on Additive Manufacturing (AM) involving different internationally renowned speakers from academia and industry giving lectures about their cutting-edge research, which highlights the state-of-the-art and frontiers in the AM field.
ObjectiveParticipants become acquainted with the state-of-the-art and frontiers in Additive Manufacturing, which is a topic of global and future relevance from the field of materials and process engineering. The self-study of relevant literature and active participation in discussions following presentations by internationally renowned speaker stimulate critical thinking and allow participants to deliberately discuss challenges and opportunities with leading academics and industrial experts and to exchange ideas within an interdisciplinary community.
ContentThis course is a colloquium involving a selected mix of internationally renowned speaker from academia and industry who present their cutting-edge research in the field of Additive Manufacturing. The self-study of relevant pre-read literature provided in advance to each lecture serves as a basis for active participation in the critical discussions following each presentation.
Lecture notesSelected scientific pre-read literature (max. three articles per lecture) relevant for and discussed at the end of each individual lecture is posted in advance on the course web page
Prerequisites / NoticeParticipants should have a solid background in materials science and/or engineering.