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Syllabus for

Academic year
PPU101 - Advanced form design & manufacturing techniques
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-24 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPDES
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Industrial Design Engineering

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: C

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0109 Written and oral assignments 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

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Tekniklektor  Johan Heinerud


PPU100   Form design development, advanced course


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

MPP111 Advanced Form Design, MPP020 Computer Aided Modelling or equivalent


The course is aimed at the creative development of form on an advanced level from a functional and technical point of view. It provides opportunities to apply technical and functional demands from engineering courses and to experience how different types of manufacturing methods can be alternated and may cross-fertilize each other in the form design process. An explorative transformation process from abstract form design creation to a concrete product design application will offer a chance to work with form on a purely formal- functional and technical level.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

  • Exploring possible uses of the basic technical design elements; bar, surface and volume.
  • Categorising identified form applications into main groups according to types of application.
  • Interpreting selected form types with respect to technical and functional form drivers.
  • Generating a great variety of new shapes and geometries with function and manufacturing as a starting point.
  • Structuring the generated new form variety in matrices according to solution types.


The course is aimed at the creative development of form on an advanced level. It consists of one single form design process throughout the quarter with opportunities to apply knowledge, methods and tools from technical and functional demands from engineering courses. 


The course includes:

  • A course assignment in form of a form design development project.
  • Workshops/seminars/tutorials/dialogues/discussions to deepen the understanding of the technical and functional base and to convert it into personal skills and abilities in the form design development project.
  • Work in the computer lab and physical model building in the workshops
  • Documentation/report work


Literature will be announced/provided at the start of the course.


Examination of the course is based on participation in seminars, lectures and the completion of exercises. Participation in seminars will result in a Fail/Pass. Each exercise/assignment will receive a grade Fail, 3, 4, or 5. The final grade Fail, 3, 4 or 5 will be based on an average of the results of the individual exercises.

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