Design and Technology Lab Zurich

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We believe that interdisciplinary collaboration is the key to innovative products. Thats why we established a platform where students from the disciplines industrial design (ZHdK) and mechanical engineering (ETH) can learn, meet and perform projects together.

The Goal oft the Design and Technology Lab ist to strengthen the collaboration between the institutions ZHdK (industrial design) and ETH Zurich (mechanical engineering). 

Teaching Concept  


Semester course Interdisciplinary Product Development: Definition, Realisation And Validation Of Product Concepts  This course deals with methods used in both disciplines within the early stages of product development processes. In teams of four, each consisting of two mechanical engineering students (ETH Zürich) and two industrial design students (ZHdK), the students will not only observe but directly apply the methods during the development of a specific product concept. (link to VVZ course)  

Tandemprojects Two students, one from each institution, perform a thesis together. By performing development projects in cooperation with a third party industrial or research partner they learn to generate impact on real projects

Tools-Courses Lecturers from the other institution are invited to teach students on product development methods from the other discipline. Sketching and Visualization of Technical Concepts is already established and can be visited each autum semester. (link to VVZ course)

Focusprojects Students work in interdisciplinary teams to conceptualize, design, develop, and construct a product from the idea to an operating prototype during one year (link to focus project page)



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