Patent pending and Start-up from a Mechatronics Bachelors Thesis Project
FiM students make the BBC news!
The bedbug invasion has been big news recently! KTH students Maja Åstrand and Simon Lilja, who took the FiM course in Spring 2022, may have found a solution.
In Spring 2022, Maja and Simon wanted to design and build a prototype for a lure for bedbugs, a simulator device using a CO2 signal emitter as the bait instead of a real-life human breathing and waiting to be bitten. (You can read their report on DiVA: Mechatronic Bedbug Attractor: Attracting bedbugs using the principles of human breathing ).
The Bachelor thesis course for Mechatronics (MF133x, aka "FiM" carried over from the original Swedish title "Fördjupningsarbete i Mekatronik”) runs each Spring term, and offers students perhaps their first real chance of a hands-on project.
“The bachelor thesis course in Mechatronics is somewhat unique in that students are encouraged to come up with their own idea for a thesis project,” says course leader Daniel Frede. “Our course gives them the opportunity to explore those ideas with the support of the staff so the students can build an actual protoype for their project. Taking the course, students get the chance to realize a fun project they never had the time, knowledge or resources to do at home – plus they get credits and a degree for it.”
The Mechatronics bachelor thesis course supports student learning through lectures, workshops and seminars, among other activities. When building the prototype, students can use the range of rapid protoype equipment available to them through the KTH Protoype Center , based at the Department of Engineering Design.