Research acivities

Product development


Productivity 2005:
Productivity 2005 (P2005) is a Research Council initiative to strengthen the competitiveness of the Norwegian manufacturing industry. The Productivity 2005 programme is based at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and has the following philosophy: "Developing competence in the Norwegian manufacturing industry to recognized international standards will be one of the most important competitive advantages for the Norwegian industrial community in the future. NTNU will work closely with partners in research institutes and industry in setting the pace for these developments in Norway". The Norwegian manufacturing industry is characterized by its use of high technology and its focus on exports. At the same time, much of this sector is composed of SMEs where there still is a considerable potential to adopt holistic approaches to manufacturing and organization. This weakens the international competitiveness of the sector.

NUTS Design & Production is a part of NorLight's project portfolio on conversion and downstream application of Light Metals. NUTS aims to become an internationally leading competence centre for light metal-based automotive product and process development. This competence centre will integrate research, international network, education and learning. NUTS will focus on lean high volume manufacturing of light metal products. In connection with NUTS, an automotive laboratory is established at the Department of Machine Design and Materials Technology. See NRK TV news report from the opening.

The main goal of the Learning Arenas (LA) is diffusion of experience and development of competance. The intention is - to the greatest possible extent - to integrate the implementation of the so-called quality reform with the day-to-day teaching by connecting the activity to initiatives in specific subjects. At NTNU, several projects are launched where different academic diciplines are testing new methods of teaching and evaluation. The Learning Arenas are intended to become meeting poins for lecturers who work with related approaches in their projects and courses. The idea is that the lecturers by means of such an arena can benefit from each other's experiences, and thus contribute to the development of a common competance "across" different projects and academic diciplines at NTNU. The aim is that this experience shall be turned into joint property for all academic diciplines at NTNU by means of a "cook book" with tips on methodology and good advice on pitfalls.

Action Learning:
Learning, methodology and research meet in the term action learning. Each of the three aspects include the other two in such a way as to make it impossible to consider one without the others. The trio constitute a unity. But let us try to describe it from each of the three wiewpoints: Seen as a research project, we aim through action learning to develop knowledge on learning and methodology which are suitable to the digital era. Seen as a methodology, action learning is a way of including learing in the new methodology. Seen as a way of learning, we aim through action learning to develop pedagigics which unite institutional education with the need for life long learning. The learning methods consist of solving actual tasks. The integration of the three elements is emphasized in that research, which in a way makes up the project's own learning method, is an integrated part of both pedagogics and methodology.

Computer Aided Design of Sculpted Shapes (PhD project)
Computer Aided Design (CAD) has an important role in product development. Todays CAD systems enable us to model complex sculpted shapes with high accuracy. But the modelling task can be lengthy and tedious, and in general the shape has to be known in advance i a rather high detail. As a consequence, the act of designing is still performed outside of the CAD environment. In addition, it is often both difficult and expensive to make changes in existing models. Our research focusses on methods for modification of existing models of sculpted geometry, so CAD may become a /designers/' tool, and so products may be developed with a higher optimized geometry. We collaborate with SARC i Nederland. Participants: Bastiaan Veelo, Sven Fjeldaas.