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MF2019 CAD 3D-modelling and Visualization 6.0 credits

This course supports virtual prototyping using feature-based parametric modeling. Designers and engineers need a common understanding of the performance aspects of the design before physical prototyping. In this course, students create 3D CAD-models that support efficient cooperation between individuals and groups of individuals with different types of competence. The models can be used with different downstream activities (or purposes). For example, explaining the function and manufacturability of a product, eliminating interferences between parts as the mechanism moves through the real operating range, or generating operating loads to check the design criteria using FEA.

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

Application code


Headings with content from the Course syllabus MF2019 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course treats mainly virtual prototype production with parameterized solid models, but the participants will also be introduced in basic surface modelling. Furthermore, the participants will obtain possibility to test, how it is to work synchronous (also called direct modelling), which possibilities and difficulties it gives.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the students should be able to:

  • Create a CAD model with product and manufacturing information (PMI) from a system perspective.
  • Create a CAD model with mixed technical contents, e.g. mechanical and electric components.
  • Be familiar with modelling modules (i.e. different applications and environments) in a CAD system for design of machine elements.
  • Make force and motion analysis of a mechanism model.
  • Carry out interference analyses.
  • Create communicative representations of CAD models to present and describe design and behaviour of a product.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor of Science, within Mechanical Engineering or the equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Innovation in Product Design: From CAD to Virtual Prototyping by Monica Bordegoni and Caterina Rizzi (e-book from KTH the Library)

Through the course web, the students get access to lecture material and material that is needed to do the written assignments and the project.

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


  • ÖVN1 - Exercise, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • ÖVN2 - Project Work, 3.0 credits, grading scale: 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.

To pass the course should the following be approved:

Three individual written assignments (ÖVN1; 3 credits) that should be delivered within specified time. The written assignments have grading scale P/F. If all assignments are not approved during one single course offering, all assignments must be redone in a new course offering.

The individual project part (ÖVN2; 3 credits) of the course has grading scale A-F, including the possibility to get an Fx grade. This grade reflects the course grade.
[OBSERVE: If the grade Fx is given, what is missing must be handed in and be approved before the next course offering. If not, the whole project part must be redone in a later course offering.]

If the project is not handed in during the current course offering, the project can only be handed in and be assessed twice each year (in May and in December) in connection with other course offerings. The course is developed continuously and the possibility to be assessed according to course plans of course offerings that were completed more than two years ago, may be lost, completely or partly.

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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