cod. 1010590

Academic year 2024/25
1° year of course - First semester
Claudio FAVI
Academic discipline
Disegno e metodi dell'ingegneria industriale (ING-IND/15)
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
3 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Integrated course unit module: REPRESENTATION STUDIO

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding:
to learn skills required to develop a virtual prototype of a given product, starting from its functional requirements.

Learning skills:
be able to deeper the knowledge in the field of product design using books, scientific publications, etc. not necessarily related to the course’s topics.

Applying knowledge and understanding:
to be able to successfully design a full industrial product, autonomously evaluating and designing a simple industrial product that satisfies initial requirements.

Making judgments:
to learn the ability to understand and evaluate critically products’ functions, linking them to the product requirements.

Communication skills:
to learn the specific language of product design, to express the main course’s topics such as ideas, engineering problems, possible solutions, in both written and oral form, using suitable tools.

Teamwork skill:
to learn to listen, communicate and solve possible team conflicts. To learn self-management to reach team goals.


No prerequisites required.

Course unit content

The course entitled “PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND 3D DIGITAL MODELING” aims at providing students with a background on product design focusing on functional analysis, modular products and virtual prototyping. In the first part of the course an overview on several methods used to generate functional schemes, product architectures and modular products based on requirements’ list is provided. The second part will focus on 3D modelling (both solid and surface modelling) to create virtual prototypes (mock-up). The final part of the course consists of a team project in which all principles explained in the previous parts will be put into practice.

Full programme

Lesson 01:
- Introduction to the course
- Introduction to the product development process/conception process and solid modelling

Lesson 02:
- Functional requirements’ list
- Functional analysis
- Example of functional analysis
+ Functional analysis assignment

Lesson 03:
- Modular analysis and product modularity
- Methods for modular analysis
- Example of modular analysis
+ Modular analysis assignment

Lesson 04:
- Identifying design solutions
- Morphological Matrix method
- Product architecture
- Example of morphological matrix
+ Morphological Matrix and product architecture assignment

Lesson 05:
- Introduction to solid and surface modelling
- Introduction to SolidWorks software
- SolidWorks software installation assistance

Lesson 06:
- Solid modelling (part design module)
- Sketching
- Common features (extrude, cut, revolve, chamfer, fillet, etc.)
+ Part design assignment

Lesson 07:
- Solid modelling (part design module)
- Advanced features (loft, sweep, etc.)
+ Part design assignment

Lesson 08:
- Surface modelling (part design module)
- Surface features (freeform, boundary surface, etc.)
- Assembly (assembly module)
+ Part design (surface) and assembly assignment

Lessons 09 / 10 / 11 / 12:
- Delivery and explanation of the final project
- Assistance with the project

Any additional lessons (optional) will be organized according to educational needs. Any seminars with industries (optional) will be organized based on the availability of companies.


All materials used and displayed during the course (slides, spreadsheets, CAD models, video clips) will be available for students on the platform Elly UNIPR.
In addition, the following books are suggested to integrate students' knowledge:

K.T. Ulrich, S.D. Eppinger, R. Filippini, “Progettazione e sviluppo di prodotto”, McGraw-Hill 2° edizione 2007.

G.Pahl, W.Beitz, J. Feldhusen, K.H. Grote, “Engineering Design a Systematic Approach”, Springer Verlag London 2007.

M. Lombard, “Mastering SolidWorks”, Sybex Inc; 1° edizione 2018.

E. Chirone, S. Tornincasa, "Disegno tecnico industriale", Vol. 1 e 2, Il capitello 2018.

D. K. Lieu, S. Sorby. “Visualization, modeling and graphics for Engineering Design”, Delmar Cengage Learning 2009.

Teaching methods

The course entitled “PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND 3D DIGITAL MODELING” (3 Credits – 30 hours classroom lectures) is divided equally into three parts:
(i) lectures,
(ii) practical exercises, and
(iii) final project.

In the first part of the course (2/3 of the course) for each lesson, there will be lectures (50%) and practical exercises (50%). During the lectures, the theory will be explained in order to allow a deep understanding of the subject. During practical exercises, (in which students can use personal tools such as personal computers), students will be required to put into practice the theory explained before, using a real case-study, applying methods explained in the lectures.

In the second part of the course (remaining 1/3 of the course), students will carry out a final project assigned by the teacher that covers all topics previously studied. In this project, students will be divided into small groups of 3-4 people (based on the number of students). The teacher will be available in the classroom to supervise students during the project and to clarify any doubt.

It is recalled to non-attending students to check the online learning platform Elly UNIPR for any update regarding teaching materials and teacher’s instructions. The platform Elly UNIPR is the official communication channel used for direct contact teacher/student (however, the professor will be available also during the reception hours according to the provided schedule).
The topics discussed in class are indicated, day by day, on Elly UNIPR platform. This will constitute the table of contents that students are required to know to prepare the final project. To download the material, registration to the course is required.

Assessment methods and criteria

Evaluation criteria of the “PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND 3D DIGITAL MODELING” course consist of the assessment of the assignments and final project developed by the student during the course and completed autonomously at home.

The material that constitutes the portfolio will be evaluated as a final exam and it is composed of:
(i) Hard-copy collection of all assignments done during the course (based on the assignment list proposed to each student)
(ii) A brochure (hard-copy) of the final project that summarizes the work done (the student/group can decide the template and graphics)
(iii) Oral presentation - by group - (Power Point) of the final project in which the work done is exposed in 15 minutes (the student/group can decide the template and graphics).

Final exam evaluation will be calculated considering:
- 10 points for the paper assignments
- 10 points for the final project brochure
- 12 points for the oral presentation (including 2 bonus points for possible distinction)

All the assignments (assignment list) must be provided to the teacher (compulsorily) in order to carry out the final project and the oral presentation.

The final mark obtained for the “PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND 3D DIGITAL MODELING” course will be integrated with the mark of the other courses relating to the “LABORATORY OF REPRESENTATION”, by weighted average, to obtain the overall mark of the entire laboratory.

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