THE HANOVER KNOWLEDGE-BASED-DESIGN-LAB: A PROJECT-ORIENTED CAPSTONE COURSE IN ENGINEERING DESIGN
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Ahmed Kovacevic, Lyndon Buck, Peter Childs, Stephen Green, Ashley Hall, Aran Dasan
Author: Gembarski, Paul Christoph; Lachmayer, Roland; Scheidel, Wieben
Institution: Leibniz University Hanover, Germany
Section: Project / Problem-Based Learning (PBL) in Design and Engineering Education
Knowledge based design (KBD) and engineering (KBE) as solutions for design automation and product configuration are discussed for more than 20 years already. Nevertheless, only little application in industry is documented and existing approaches are limited to niche design activities like computer aided fixture design or to automotive and aviation engineering. Since process models for the creation of KBE applications and KBD functionalities in computer-aided-design (CAD) systems exist, the authors’ hypothesis is that this situation results from deficiencies in education. To bridge this gap, the Knowledge-Based-Design-Lab was founded. The Lab is conceived as projectbased learning environment that incorporates problem-based and case-based elements. Meant as capstone course, it places knowledge from design projects and design theory from the first four semesters in engineering design at the Leibniz University of Hanover in a higher context in order to create configurable virtual prototypes. In the following article the authors present details about the course of action in the Knowledge-Based-Design-Lab and the teaching concept. Afterwards, an example of student projects is introduced followed by an evaluation of the Knowledge-Based-Design-Lab 2017.