cod. 14899

Academic year 2016/17
3° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Progettazione meccanica e costruzione di macchine (ING-IND/14)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
42 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
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Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding
The modern manufacturing companies have to develop new or improved products, at a competitive cost and in a shorter time to market. In this context, at the end of the course the student will know a structured approach and modern methods to do this within a company, knowing how to address best the development of a new product depending on its features.

Applying knowledge and understanding
The student will develop a new product, accounting for market needs, the products / platforms from which to start, competing products, the processes to be implemented within the enterprise and internal/external resources to be committed. He will know how to choose the architecture to be given to the product and to evaluate the number of units sold according to the concept developed, associating an assessment of the industrial cost.


The knowledge of the mechanical technology / manufacturing technologies is useful, although not mandatory

Course unit content

The course presents the structure of the product design and development process and a number of methodologies widely used to this purpose in the enterprises.

Full programme

The course is divided into the following lectures:
- Introduction to the product design and development process;
- Organization and management of development projects;
- Planning of the product;
- Identification of customer needs;
- Definition of product specifications;
- Quality Function Deployment (QFD) and House of Quality (HOQ) in product design and development;
- Conceptual design: generation and selection of ideas;
- Testing of the concept;
- Architecture of the product;
- Role of the industrial design;
- Design for assembly;
- Prototyping;
Lectures are alternated with lab classes on the use of 3D CAD in product development (SolidWorks software)


Ulrich K.T., Eppinger S.D., Product design and development, McGraw-
Hill, 5° Ed., 2011.

Teaching methods

Lectures with the support of slides in PowerPoint. At the end of each lecture, a question on the subject of the lesson is delivered to the students, the solution of which is discussed collectively in the classroom the next lesson. Lessons on the use of 3D CAD software SolidWorks will be made in the laboratory.

Assessment methods and criteria

The exam consists of the oral presentation and discussion of the project of development of an innovative product. The identification of the product to be developed is carried out by students by the third lesson of the course, possibly taking advantage of the suggestions given by the teacher. The project includes: report in Word, PowerPoint presentation (maximum duration 25 '), 3D CAD drawings of the product developed. The project ends at the stage of embodiment design, which defines the concept of a product, its architecture, materials and production technology, but not detail drawings with the dimensions and the final form (industrialization).

Other information

Activities carried out by students as part of their participation in the Formula Student through the UniPR Racing Team, can be recognized for the Product Design course as alternativ to the conventional program, by agreement with the teacher before the beginning of the activity and upon presentation and discussion of the results during the examination session.