Integrative Product Creation – Results from a New Course in a Learning Factory
DS 78: Proceedings of the 16th International conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE14), Design Education and Human Technology Relations, University of Twente, The Netherlands, 04-05.09.2014
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Arthur Eger, Wouter Eggink, Ahmed Kovacevic, Brian Parkinson, Wessel Wits
Author: Ugurlu, Sinan; Gerhard, Detlef
Institution: TU Wien, Institute for Engineering Design, Mechanical Engineering Informatics and Virtual Product Development Research Group, Austria
Section: Using Technical Tools in Design
This paper describes a new higher education course “Integrative Product Creation” in the bachelor curriculum of mechanical and industrial engineering and its implementation in the TU Wien Learning and Innovation Factory (LIF). LIF is a faculty-wide cooperation of three institutes combining engineering design, production technology, and industrial engineering aspects. This new didactic approach has an integrated teaching concept with a real product “slotcar” and real processes. The aim of this program is to practice the complete generation of a slotcar from product conception to serial production. The paper presents also the practice oriented learning in the design education regarding the design for X approaches especially applying DFMA (Design for Manufacturability and Assembly). The paper reviews experiences and analyses students work during their practical training to understand the transference of engineering-based knowledge into design practice.