Course code MatZ3054

Credit points 3

Industrial Design in Woodprocessing II

Total Hours in Course81

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes4

Number of hours for laboratory classes28

Independent study hours49

Date of course confirmation24.09.2013

Responsible UnitInstitute of Civil Engineering and Wood Processing

Course developers

author lect.

Andrejs Domkins

Mg. sc. ing.


Kārlis Pugovičs

Mg. sc. ing.

Prior knowledge

LauZ2023, Construction Materials

MatZ2002, Wood Cutting Processes

MatZ2008, Wood Science

MatZ2026, Design Basics of Wooden Articles

MatZ3052, Basic of Design in Woodprocessing

MatZ3053, Industrial Design in Woodprocessing I

Course abstract

Within this course, with strengthening knowledge, skills and competencies obtained in course “Industrial design in wood processing I”, students develpo deeper strenghts in industrial design by solving practical assignments and developing prototypes and first version of a product.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Recognize, explain and understand the significance of causalities in design process as well as the impact of manufacturing technologies on the development of design.
Using sketching as an integral part of the design process, fabricate different level prototypes and develop first version of a final product.
Ability to develop a market-ready product.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Task for product design. Lecture.
2. Sketching in industrial design. Lecture + practical assignment + seminar.
3. Sketching in industrial design. Lecture + practical assignment + seminar.
4. Choice and modelling of technology. Lecture + seminar.
5. Basics of prototyping. Lecture + seminar.
6. Basics of prototyping. Lecture + seminar.
7. Fabrication of alpha-level prototype. Lecture + practical assignment.
8. fabrication of beta-level prototype. Lecture + practical assignment.
9. Test. No.1.
10. Fabrication of a product and preparation for manufacturing. Lecture + seminar.
11. Fabrication of a product and preparation for manufacturing. Lecture + practical assignment.
12. Fabrication of a product and preparation for manufacturing. Lecture + practical assignment.
13. Compilation of manufacturing process. Lecture + practical assignment.
14. Quality evaluation of the product. Lecture + seminar.’
15. Advertising and marketing. Lecture + seminar.
16. Final presentation of the project.

Requirements for awarding credit points

• Attendance – not less than 75%.
• Grade in test.
• Grade for final presentation.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Total amount of independent work: 48h.
Within that 30 hours are allocated for doing assignments from seminars and practical assignments.
Literature studies – 18 hours.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Test No. 1.
Students develop sketches for the steps of product evolution, changes, their reason and causality.
Product design
Students develop sketch project, prototypes, manufacturing and quality assessment process and advertisement and marketing materials.

Compulsory reading

1. Roja Ž. Ergonomikas pamati. Rīga: Drukātava, 2008. 190 lpp. 3. Cagan J. & Vogel C.M. Creating Breakthrough Products. London. Financial Times, Prentice-Hall. 2001. 146 p.
2. Lācis, M., Latvijas dizains. Rīga, Liesma, 1984.
3. Kupča, I., Vītola, I., Dizaina stāsti. Rīga. Biedrība “Mākslas izglītības centrs “Trīs krāsas””. 2015.
4. Ambrose G., Harris P., Design Thinking. Lausanne: AVA Publishing. 2010. 202 lpp.
5. Norman, D., The design of everyday things. New York. Basic books. 2013.
6. Smardzewski J. Furniture design. London: Springer, 2015. 652 lpp.
7. Postell, J., Furniture design. Second edition. Hoboken: John Wiley & sons, 2012. 741 lpp.

Further reading

1. Nutsch W. Handbuch der Konstruktion: Möbel und Einbauschränke. Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 2006. 398 p.
2. Lefteri C. Wood: materials for Inspirational Design. Switzerland: RotoVision, 2003. 160 p.
3. Nutsch W. Technisches Zeichnen und Entwerfen: Möbel und Innenausbau. Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, 2004. 280 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Laikraksts "Holz-Zentralblatt", ISSN 0018-3792
2. Žurnāls "Baltijas Koks", ISSN 1407-6667