TPD4169 - Design for Industrialization


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Work
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Work 100/100 1 semesters

Course content

The course is built up around projects where students work with design, detailing and completion of basic products for industrial production. Students will explore how the joints, fasteners, fittings, materials, production processes, surface treatment etc. affects aesthetics, form, function, manufacturability, production cost and sustainability. 3D modeling (surface and solid) and prototyping (3D printing) are important tools in the course.

Learning outcome


The candidate has

  • Experience with detailing on every level
  • An understanding of the importance of details for industrial produced product's overall design.


The candidate can

  • work with 3D modeling and prototyping at granularity.

General qualifications:

The candidate has

  • developed an appreciation for the industrial designer's influence and responsibility in the detailing phase.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, project work with feedback sessions, assignments, model making, excursions to local manufacturing industries.

Course program requires students to be present at lectures.

Further on evaluation

Project assignments. A verbal presentation of the results is included in the project assignments.

For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Industrial Design (MSDESIG)
Industrial Design Engineering (MTDESIG)

Required previous knowledge

The course is limited to students of Industrial Design. Students with spesialisation Product design has first priority. Students with specialization Interaction design or other relevant background can apply to the course coordinator to get permission to take the course. It is assumed that students can use Fusion 360, SolidWorks or equivalent CAD program.

Course materials

Rob Thompson, Manufacturing processes for design professionals, 2007

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Product Design Engineering - Integrated Product Development
  • Design Methodology
  • Product Design
  • Materials and Processes
  • Aesthetic Studies
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design


Examination arrangement: Work

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Work 100/100



Room Building Number of candidates
Spring UTS Work 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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