During the first year of the Bachelor’s programme Industrial Design Engineering you lay a broad foundation in various disciplines, such as Mathematics, Design, Mechanics, Material Science, Electronics and Ergonomics. In the team projects in which every module culminates, you get to apply your knowledge to a real-life challenge.
In this first module – your introduction to Industrial Design Engineering – you design a consumer product. The project offers a great way to learn about the different phases of an industrial design engineering process. You will also gain technical knowledge, with subjects like Design Sketching 1 and Introduction to IDE. Other subjects include Mathematics, Statics and Materials. For example, you will familiarize yourself with the effects of forces and distortion on products, material behaviour, and choice of materials.
The focus in the second module is on creating a concept. You will learn how to design a consumer product, with an emphasis on generating and visualizing (partial) solutions in which you take into account form, functionality and (technical) feasibility. The subjects in this module are Construction, Production 1, Technical Product Modelling 1 and Discovery, all of which you apply in the project. The first three subjects are all about (technical) feasibility; then, in Discovery, you learn to make designs based on abstractions, and to design artefacts or objects.
In the third module, you build on what you learned in Module 2. You will further develop your concept and create a prototype. You will look at the relationships between geometry, material and production process, and at both single-piece and mass production. You will work out a product for mass production in detail on paper. Subjects like Design Sketching 2 and Production 2 are closely linked to the project, as well as Mechanics of Materials. As in the other modules, Mathematics plays an important role.
What should a ‘smart product’ look like? In Module 4, you learn to design a smart product. Together with your team, you will apply a combination of mechanics, electronics and software solutions. Your first task is to analyse the target group. The next steps are to generate several product concepts, and to choose the most suitable one. The result is a design with a corresponding prototype. Your challenge will be to find the right balance between the partial solutions found in the various domains: mechatronics, sensors and software. You will also look at human-product interaction by carrying out a user test.