MACHINE PART EXHIBITION AND FUNCTIONAL MOCK-UPS TO ENRICH DESIGN EDUCATION
DS 68-8: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED 11), Impacting Society through Engineering Design, Vol. 8: Design Education, Lyngby/Copenhagen, Denmark, 15.-19.08.2011
Mechanical engineering design education has the objective to provide students with the required knowledge and skills to develop state of the art products. Besides theoretical teaching of fundamentals, practical hands-on experience supports this learning process. This constitution presents a new approach to integrate hands-on elements into design education curriculum under the constraints of large classroom sizes. Therefore, the need of improvements in design education is analysed and the concept of an interactive machine part exhibition is derived from pre-existing approaches. The exhibition is the corner stone of the concept and contains physical models of fundamental machine parts as well as sophisticated mechanical systems. These are used to create a link between lectures and the real objects. Moreover, functional mock-ups, specially prepared to teach students design, are used to improve an existing first year design and drawing exercise. The paper is closed with an outlook to the necessary evaluation of the concept that will be performed when the currently on going implementation into everyday teaching is completed.