Integrated design and virtual development of mechanical products

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Mechanical Design and Machine Building
First semester
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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Knowledge and understanding:
The student will understand the functioning of mechanical devices and the connected design problems.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: It will develop mechanical device projects starting from an overview to the level of detail. He will understand the advantages and difficulties of group technical activity. He will use a professional CAD design software.
Autonomy of judgment:
The student will deal independently with the study of mechanical devices.
Communication skills: will be able to write and discuss technical reports on project activities and will be able to present an mechanical system orally.

Course contents summary

Methodologies and interdisciplinary skills required in the different
stages of the technical product development and their application in practice.
Selected topics of advanced machine design.
Use of a professional CAD software for modeling and graphical representation
in mechanical engineering.
Methods for the graphical and technical reports of mechanical devices.

Course contents

The stages of the development process of a technical product. Typical activities of the design engineer in the manufacturing company. Impact of the international market environment. Role of individual personality in team work. Myers-Briggs personality test. Motivation and dynamics of working teams. Methods to activate creativity and promote product innovation. Patents: Typical structure and objectives of intellectual protection. European legislation in the field of machinery and pressure vessels. Review and integration of know-how and skills acquired during the undergraduate degree in the context of the design and development of real commercial products.

1. component representation using basic functions
2. component representation using advanced features
3. Assembly
4. Assembly and motion study
5. Surface modeling
6. Configurable model generation
7. Exploded views and construction drawings.

Recommended readings

Reading material.
Software manuals

Teaching methods

Lectures and meetings at CAD/CAE lab.
Tutoring of project work by team of students.
Direct interaction with engineers form industry about product development issues.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam is oral and involves the discussion of technical reports developed in groups and the individual presentation of a technical device.
In parallel there is an individual practical test of the use of CAD software.
The examination of the group's activities takes place by appointment.