Course syllabus

Konstruktion i termoplastiska material
Design in Thermoplastic Materials

MMKN21, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2023/24
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED M
Date of Decision: 2023-04-11

General Information

Elective for: M4-pu, MD4, MPRR2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


Based on the most recent research findings the course aims to provide students with knowledge and insights that are essential for the engineering designer to design and manufacture robust and cost-efficient products based on thermoplastic materials. Topics included in the course are e g selection of suitable thermoplastic material, designing procedure and manufacturing method. The course also provides knowledge about cost analysis. In each of the topics qualitative as well as quantitative methods are discussed.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must


Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must



To ensure that most recent research findings are presented in the course, external lecturers with links to research will be invited. During the course the students will get access to the latest research results in actual areas, to enable independent and well thought out assessments.

During the first phase of the course current thermoplastic materials will be presented and discussed, with reference to material properties and costs. Then, a description of the most common manufacturing techniques for thermoplastics is given. After this the course mainly focus on design aspects for thermoplastics.

Based on these insights, the establishment of a product specifications is presented, aiming at forming the criteria for the subsequent material selection. The choice of material is then followed by how the actual design is developed. Not only the material aspects, but also functional ones are taken into account according to sustainable development. The theoretical part of the course ends with an overview of production related aspects, as manufacturing method, finishing work and cost analysis.

In parallel to the theoretical part of the course a design project is carried out. The project follows the topics covered in the lectures. Each part of the project is checked by the supervisor.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: The course includes one compulsory project which is carried out in teams of 3-5 students. Approved projects earn a score in the range of 25 and 50 points. All team members receive the same number of points. In addition, the students must pass an individual written examination by receiving a score of minimum 25 points. The final result is based on the points earned on the project and the written examination.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0319. Name: Development Task.
Credits: 4,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: The course project is carried out in groups of 3-5 students. The student must receive at least 25 points to be approved, maximum is 50 points. All group members receive the same number of points earned on the projects. Contents: The project consists of the following items: analysis and establishment of product specifications, selection of material and manufacturing technique, establishment of the embodiment design cost analysis. The project work also includes a presentation of the results generated.
Code: 0419. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 3. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: In order to pass the written exam, the student must earn at least half of the maximum score. Contents: The written examination covers the theory presented in the course.


Assumed prior knowledge: MMKF01 Product Development and Design Methodology or equivalent.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: MMKN20

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Joze Tavcar,
Director of studies: Elin Olander,
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