34835 - Design Methods for Industrial Engineering (2nd cycle)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The main topics of the course lectures are the methods for the concept generation of industrial product, the concept selection methods, the technical requirements and specifications, the system level design and the creation and description of geometric models and functional aspects.

Modern tools and methods in product development are described and physical and virtual prototyping techniques are highlighted. Geometrical modeling of free form surfaces is taught.

Moreover, technological aspects of Reverse Engineering and Rapid prototyping are studied also in relation with their function in the early design phases.

The class is based on the development of a group design project. Thus students have the opportunity to experiment theories under guidelines provided by the professors.

Course contents

Product design methods


From Planning to product architecture

•Conceptual design for industrial products •Identification of customer's needs and product specifications • Concept generation and concept selection methods
• Product Architecture
• Innovation in Product Design

Project Management Principles

PARTEII – Prototyping

• Industrial Prototyping for product development
• Geometric Modelling
• Reverse Engineering
• Rapid Prototyping
• Virtual Reality

PART III – Product and Project Evaluation

Tools and Methods for HCD (Human Centered Design)


Leture notes provided on-line.

Ulrich K.T., Eppinger S. D., “Product Design and Development“,Mc Graw Hill.

Teaching methods

Class lectures. Case studies interactive analisys. Computer based training with Computer Aided Industrial Design tools. Lab demnstrations.

Assessment methods

Design project presentation. Questions on theoretical aspects of design methods.

Teaching tools


3D Laser Scanner Desktop Next Engine MultiStripe;

Piezoelectric Coordinate Measuring Machine Roland Picza PIX30.

Software CAID(Computer Aided Industrial Design);

Software for Reverse Engineering;

Rapid Prototyping systems.

Virtual and Augmented Reality Tools.

Office hours

See the website of Francesca De Crescenzio

See the website of Massimiliano Fantini