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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.

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* Retrieved from Course syllabus MF2076 (Spring 2020–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The focus of the course is on the early phases of the product development process- from idea to a chosen concept and a first version of a prototype with the aid of "rapid prototyping". A large part of the course is project-based, where a model of the design process is used for planning and follow-up of the work. In the course, we will introduce and apply; model-based product development, manufacturing technology, ecofriendly design and "rapid prototyping" within the framework of the project assignments.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to;

  • plan and participate in development of integrated and modular products.
  • apply model-based product development at modelling and simulation of product concepts during early design phases.
  • apply principles of ecofriendly design during early design phases
  •  apply previously acquired knowledge in e.g. mechanics, solid mechanics, electrical engineering, product development and industrial design.
  • apply basic criteria for constructive design, including load application, manufacturing adaptation etc.
  • choose material and manufacturing process in an engineering way
  • use "rapid prototyping" methods to create early simple prototypes of chosen concepts

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor of Science degree, within Mechanical Engineering or equivalent.

MF2010 Component Design or equivalent.

MF2068 Machine Dynamics or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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1 ”Machine Elements in Mechanical Design” by Robert L. Mott

2 Hand-out material during the course.

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


  • INL1 - Assignment, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 3,0 hp, betygsskala: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written 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 MF2076

Offered by

ITM/Machine Design

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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