DS 93: Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (E&PDE 2018), Dyson School of Engineering, Imperial College, London. 6th - 7th September 2018

Year: 2018
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Ahmed Kovacevic, Lyndon Buck, Peter Childs, Stephen Green, Ashley Hall, Aran Dasan
Author: Dittmann, Claudia; Jacobs, Georg; Katzwinkel, Tim; Konrad, Christian; Sulejmani, Fatmir; Weigel, Chantal; van Issum, Daniel
Series: E&PDE
Institution: RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Section: Design and Engineering Education Practices
Page(s): 80-85
ISBN: 978-1-912254-02-6


The future generation of mechanical engineers has to meet a broad range of exigencies concerning their skills. Today’s product development processes are becoming more complex. The requirements of modern products no longer focus mainly on the mechanical design of the components. Many of the upcoming product demands have cyber-physical aspects as well. The knowledge about the electric, electronic, and mechatronic components and their interaction needs to be addressed in today’s student classes. The present paper shows our way of conquering this challenge. In the context of a large-scale Bachelor course at university during the fifth semester, the basics for the development and design of new products are focused. The concept provides a closed learning cycle between theory and practice. It combines deductive (explanation-based) and inductive learning (learning by example or learning by observation) in order to combine the benefits of both learning strategies. In the lecture, the students get to know the theory of today’s design methodologies. The students use this theoretical knowledge for a practical exercise, where small student design teams solve a real-life engineering design problem.

Keywords: Product Data Management System, Windchill, Mechanical Engineer, Practical Exercise


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