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Before choosing course

Machine design involves design of a vide range of products, from complex machines, e.g. cars,  to more simple products such as bicycle transmissions which we all meet in our daily life. To design, means to create new solutions to the problem we are facing in an engineering correct manner, This means that we should address the real problem and make a solution as simple as possible which also is possible to realize in an industrial environment considering e.g. aspects of economy, energy and environment.

For solving the design tasks we use modern CAE programs for creating geometry and for analysis, but an important part is also to generalize and make rough estimations based on these generalizations.

This course is preparing you for your upcoming work as an engineer or product developer. It also gives you knowledge and skills in planning, participating and leading product development work of integrated and modularized products. In addition you will be trained to use CAE tools for design, simulation and analysis and to communicate technical results orally and in writing.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
* Retrieved from Course syllabus MF2004 (Spring 2011–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Project work (mainly an industrial problem with focus on detail design in a system context)
  • Innovation, creativity and patent
  • Information sources and search, benchmarking
  • The product development process, project planning
  • Requirement specification, QFD
  • Concept development, functions-means tree, concept selection
  • Detail design, considering environmental effects, material selection, ergonomics.
  • Solid mechanics for modeling and dimensioning (both using FEM and analytical)
  • Manufacturing documents (detail drawings including manufacturing tolerances).
  • Assembling, testing, evaluation, redesign
  • Presentation and communication, both orally and in different form of written documentation.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Plan an lead product development work of modern integrated and modularized products.
  • Design and detail both simple products as well as subsystems of more complicated mechanical products from idea to manufacturing drawings and prototype.
  • Apply earlier acquired knowledge within e.g. mechanics, solid mechanics, electrical engineering and product development.
  • Select material and manufacturing method in an engineering manner.
  • Analyze and dimension both simple products as well as subsystems of more complicated mechanical products in an engineering manner.
  • Develop and estimate loads for both simple products as well as subsystems of more complicated mechanical products, as a basis for dimensioning of structure elements as well as selection of machine elements and materials.
  • Apply basic criteria for designing products considering e.g. load lines, load distribution, adaptation for manufacturing.
  • Produce detail drawings including manufacturing tolerances for subsystems in complicated  system products.

Design products in a way such that the environmental effect of the product is minimized.

Course Disposition

Start in P4 ends in P2 next semster

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Compulsory for
MKN(M4, P4, T4)
Eligible are those who have finished these courses:

M-students MG1004, ME1001
P-students: MF1014, MH1005, SD1115, ME1001
T-students: EL1000, MF1017, SD2125, SE1025, SF1861, SF1907


Recommended prerequisites

You must be qualified for studies in grades 4 to attend the course.
The course includes projects  which requires that the curriculum compulsory modules are sought and approved.


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Course literature in english wil be presnted later.

In Swedish:

1 - Johannesson, Persson, Pettersson, “Produktutveckling – effektiva metoder för konstruktion och design”, Liber Förlag, 2004.

2 – Olsson, Karl-Olof. “Maskinelement”, Liber Förlag 2006.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO1 - Project, 6,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • PRO2 - Project, 6,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • PRO3 - Project, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web MF2004

Offered by

ITM/Machine Design

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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