Search result: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2017

Mechanical Engineering Master Information
Core Courses
Design, Computation, Product Development & Manufacturing
The courses listed in this category “Core Courses” are recommended. Alternative courses can be chosen in agreement with the tutor.
151-3209-00LEngineering Design Optimization Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 35.
W4 credits4GK. Shea, T. Stankovic
AbstractThe course covers fundamentals of computational optimization methods in the context of engineering design. It develops skills to formally state and model engineering design tasks as optimization problems and select appropriate methods to solve them.
ObjectiveThe lecture and exercises teach the fundamentals of optimization methods in the context of engineering design. After taking the course students will be able to express engineering design problems as formal optimization problems. Students will also be able to select and apply a suitable optimization method given the nature of the optimization model. They will understand the links between optimization and engineering design in order to design more efficient and performance optimized technical products. The exercises are MATLAB based.
Content1. Optimization modeling and theory 2. Unconstrained optimization methods 2. Constrained optimization methods - linear and non-linear 4. Direct search methods 5. Stochastic and evolutionary search methods 6. Multi-objective optimization
Lecture notesavailable on Moodle
151-3213-00LIntegrative Ski Building Workshop Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 12.

To apply, please send the following information to by 31 July, 2017: Letter of Motivation (one page) , CV, Transcript of Records
W3 credits6PT. Luthe
AbstractThis course introduces students to the practical application of integrative or systemic design by building their own skis or snowboards. Theroretical and applied Engineering Design skills like CAD, calculation and engineering of mechanical properties, 3D printing, laser cutting and practical handcrafting skills are trained and acquired in this course.
ObjectiveThe growing necessity to consider eco-social aspects makes engineering design more complex. Integrative or systemic design combines systems thinking skills with design thinking and practice to address such complexity. The objectives of the course are to use the practical ski/board building exercise to inhabit engineering design thinking and practice with a focus on the interplay between technical, social, ecological and economic aspects. The built skis/boards will be tested together out in the field on a ski day and evaluated from various perspectives. Students can keep their built skis/boards for themselves.
ContentThis practical ski/board building workshop will consist of planning, designing, engineering and building your own alpine or nordic ski, or a snowboard. Students will learn and execute all the needed steps in the building process, such as functional design, creating the CAD file, additive manufacturing techniques, fabrication, routing wood cores, 3D printing of plastic protectors, milling side walls from wood or ABS plastic, selecting fibres from carbon, glas, basalt or flax, laminating with resins, sanding and finishing, as well as laser engraving and veneer wood inlays. Experienced lecturers will be on site to teach and help with these tasks. Students are asked to eco-optimize their products, actively evaluate their learning and decision making process, and participate in a final ski test day on the snow.
Lecture notesavailable on Moodle
Literaturee.g. Striebig, B. and Ogundipe, A. 2016. Engineering Applications in Sustainable Design and Development. ISBN-10: 8131529053.
Jones, P. 2014. Design research methods for systemic design: Perspectives from design education and practice. Proceedings of ISSS 2014, July 28 - Aug1, 2014, Washington, D.C.
Blizzard, J. L. and L. E. Klotz. 2012. A framework for sustainable whole systems design. Design Studies 33(5).
Brown, T. and J. Wyatt. 2010. Design thinking for social innovation. Stanford Social Innovation Review. Stanford University.
Fischer, M. 2015. Design it! Solving Sustainability problems by applying design thinking. GAIA 24/3:174-178.
Luthe, T., Kaegi, T. and J. Reger. 2013. A Systems Approach to Sustainable Technical Product Design. Combining life cycle assessment and virtual development in the case of skis. Journal of Industrial Ecology 17(4), 605-617. DOI: 10.1111/jiec.12000
Prerequisites / NoticePrior to the course start the literature has to be read as a preparation. Willingness to engage in the practical building part also beyond the course hours in the evening. Finishing an impact evaluation study within and outside of the contact lessons. An introductionary lecture will be held in the beginning of the semester to propose topics for the studies. Studies are carried out individually and can be the pre-study for a Bachelor thesis or a semester project.
151-3215-00LDesign for Additive Manufacturing Restricted registration - show details W4 credits2GM. Meboldt, C. Klahn
AbstractThis course is focusing on design, development and innovation with Additive Manufacturing (AM) production technologies. Part of the course is a project, where students design and produce their own functional AM part in metal, with selective laser melting (SLM). The different designs of the students will be analyzed and an the design will be optimized.
ObjectiveTo provide a fundamental knowledge of Additive Manufacturing (AM) and generate experience knowledge in the field of the design for AM (DfAM), product development and value creation with AM.
ContentParallel to the lectures the students design SLM prototypes in a project. Further, the prototypes going to be manufactured and possible optimizations will be discussed in the group.
The cours is addressing the following topics:
- AM-Processes including SLM, SLS and FDM
- AM-Principles
- Autofab-Introduction
- AM-Guidelines
- Value added chain of AM
- AM-Quality management
- Microstructures and materials for AM
- Industry cases of AM
Lecture notesScript and handouts are available in PDF-format.
Prerequisites / NoticeMaster's students
363-1065-00LDesign Thinking: Human-Centred Solutions to Real World Challenges Restricted registration - show details
Due to didactic reasons, the number of participants is limited to 30.

All interested students are invited to apply for this course by sending a by sending a short motivation letter until the 18 of September 2017 to Florian Rittiner (

Additionally please enroll via mystudies. Please note that all students are put on the waiting list and that your current position on the waiting list is irrelevant, as places will be assigned after the first lecture on the basis of your motivation letter and commitment for the class.
W5 credits5GA. Cabello Llamas, F. Rittiner, S. Brusoni, C. Hölscher, M. Meboldt
AbstractThe goal of this course is to engage students in a multidisciplinary collaboration to tackle real world problems. Following a design thinking approach, students will work in teams to solve a set of design challenges that are organized as a one-week, a three-week, and a final six-week project in collaboration with an external project partner.

Information and application:
ObjectiveDuring the course, students will learn about different design thinking methods and tools. This will enable them to:
- Generate deep insights through the systematic observation and interaction of key stakeholders (empathy).
- Engage in collaborative ideation with a multidisciplinary team.
- Rapidly prototype and iteratively test ideas and concepts by using various materials and techniques.
ContentThe purpose of this course is to equip the students with methods and tools to tackle a broad range of problems. Following a Design Thinking approach, the students will learn how to observe and interact with key stakeholders in order to develop an in-depth understanding of what is truly important and emotionally meaningful to the people at the center of a problem. Based on these insights, the students ideate on possible solutions and immediately validated them through quick iterations of prototyping and testing using different tools and materials. The students will work in multidisciplinary teams on a set of challenges that are organized as a one-week, a three-week, and a final six-week project with an external project partner. In this course, the students will learn about the different Design Thinking methods and tools that are needed to generate deep insights, to engage in collaborative ideation, rapid prototyping and iterative testing.

Design Thinking is a deeply human process that taps into the creative abilities we all have, but that get often overlooked by more conventional problem solving practices. It relies on our ability to be intuitive, to recognize patterns, to construct ideas that are emotionally meaningful as well as functional, and to express ourselves through means beyond words or symbols. Design Thinking provides an integrated way by incorporating tools, processes and techniques from design, engineering, the humanities and social sciences to identify, define and address diverse challenges. This integration leads to a highly productive collaboration between different disciplines.

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Prerequisites / NoticeOpen mind, ability to manage uncertainty and to work with students from various background. Class attendance and active participation is crucial as much of the learning occurs through the work in teams during class. Therefore, attendance is obligatory for every session. Please also note that the group work outside class is an essential element of this course, so that students must expect an above-average workload.

Please note that the class is designed for full-time MSc students. Interested MAS students need to send an email to Florian Rittiner ( to learn about the requirements of the class.
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