Mirko Meboldt: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2020

Award: The Golden Owl
Name Prof. Dr. Mirko Meboldt
FieldProduct Development and Engineering Design
Chair of Product Dev.& Eng. Design
ETH Zürich, LEE O 210
Leonhardstrasse 21
8092 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 632 72 38
DepartmentMechanical and Process Engineering
RelationshipFull Professor

151-0047-00LEngineering Tool: Agile Product Development Restricted registration - show details
Does not take place this semester.
All Engineering Tools courses are for MAVT Bachelor’s degree students only.

Number of participants limited to 12.
0.4 credits1KM. Meboldt
AbstractAgile product development is gaining high interest in many industries. Still, only few hardware developing firms have adopted Agile approaches into their daily development work due to inadequate trainings. Within this course, students will be introduced to the culture and mindset behind Agile by solving a practical development task in a team of 4 students.
ObjectiveStudents shall experience and internalize the key principles and practices of Agile product development.
ContentIntroduction to Agile (principles & methods), team-based development task.
Lecture notesA digital script will be distributed.
151-0301-00LMachine Elements Restricted registration - show details 2 credits1V + 1UM. Meboldt, Q. Lohmeyer
AbstractIntroduction to machine elements and mechanical systems as basics of product development. Case studies of their application in products and systems.
ObjectiveThe students get an overview of the main mechanical components (machine elements) which are used in mechanical engineering. Selected examples will demonstrate how these can be assembled into functional parts and complete systems such as machinery, tools or actuators. At the same time, also the problem of production (production-oriented design) is discussed.
In concurrent lectures / exercises "technical drawing and CAD" the design implementation will be practiced.
Content- Innovation Process: A Quick Overview
- Stages of the planning and design process
- Requirements for a design and technical implementation
- Choice of materials - Basic principles of a material-specific design
- Manufacturing process - fundamentals of a production-oriented design
- Connections, fuses, seals
- Machine-standard elements
- Storage & guides
- Transmission and its components
- Drives

The idea of machine elements is complemented by case studies and illustrated.
Lecture notesThe lecture slides will be published beforehand on the website of the pd|z.
Prerequisites / NoticeFor Bachelor studies in Mechanical and Process Engineering, the lecture "Maschinenelemente" (HS) is examined together with "Innovationsprozess" (FS) in the exam "Basisprüfung Maschinenelemente and Innovationsprozess".
151-0761-00LPractice Course Product Development Restricted registration - show details
Only students for focus projects. 2 up to 3 students per focus project.
1 credit1GM. Meboldt, C. R. Dietzsch, C. Schorno, M. Schütz
AbstractThis course provides comprehensive input to ongoing focus project teams in the areas of project management, communication and presentation, as well as dealing with the media, coaches and patents and safety issues.
ObjectiveParticipants will receive tips, hints and background information from experienced tutors appliccable to current projects.
ContentProject Management
- Creating a solid project base
- Project planning and controlling
- Product validation and testing
- Problem solving cycle and decicion taking transparent for others

- Communication within the team and with coaches
- Public Relations in a Nutshell
- How to aquire and manage suppliers and sponsors
- Transfer of technical drawings to suppliers
- Technical repots
- Review presentations

Handling of and guidance to
- Expectation management and dealing with conflicts
- Burnout prevention, time management, work disturbances
- Safety issues
- Issues regardring patents
Lecture notesLecture notes and documentation will be electronically available.
Prerequisites / Notice- for students only participating in a Focus Project in the same semester
- the exact schedule will be communicated during the course
- it is expected, that every team is visiting each leacture with typically at least 2 team members
151-3215-00LDesign for Additive Manufacturing Restricted registration - show details
Does not take place this semester.
For a place in the course please write a short letter of motivation stating why you like to attend the course, your experiences in CAD-Design, Simulation and additive manufacturing. Please mention in the letter, if you already have a suggestion for a part to be designed in the semester project. Send the letter to Dr. Christoph Klahn (Link).
4 credits2GM. Meboldt
AbstractThis course is focusing on design, development and innovation with Additive Manufacturing (AM) production technologies. Part of the course is a project, where students design and produce their own functional AM part in metal, with selective laser melting (SLM). The different designs of the students will be analyzed and an the design will be optimized.
ObjectiveTo provide a fundamental knowledge of Additive Manufacturing (AM) and generate experience and knowledge in the field of the design for AM (DfAM), product development and value creation with AM.
ContentParallel to the lectures the students design SLM prototypes in a project. Further, the prototypes going to be manufactured and possible optimizations will be discussed in the group.
The cours is addressing the following topics:
- AM-Processes including SLM, SLS and FDM
- AM-Principles
- Materialise Magics-Introduction
- AM-Guidelines
- Value added chain of AM
- AM-Quality management
- Microstructures and materials for AM
- Industry cases of AM
Lecture notesScript and handouts are available in PDF-format.
LiteratureChristoph Klahn; Mirko Meboldt: Entwicklung und Konstruktion für die Additive Fertigung - Grundlagen und Methoden für den Einsatz in industriellen Endkundenprodukten
Vogel Business Media, Würzburg
ISBN: 978-3-8343-3395-7

Ian Gibson; David Rosen; Brent Stucker: Additive manufacturing technologies - 3D printing, rapid prototyping, and direct digital manufacturing
Springer, New York
ISBN: 978-1-4939-2112-6
Prerequisites / NoticeMaster's students.
Registering to the course requires fulfilling the semester performance (active participation in the semester project and oral exam). If the semester project or the oral exam is missing the course is not passed (Abbruch). Final grades are based on a mixture of design projects (60%) and oral exam (40%). The language of the projects and the presentation can be English or German, depending on the student's preference.
166-0203-00LAgile and User-centered Innovation Restricted registration - show details
Does not take place this semester.
Only for MAS in Future Transport Systems and CAS in Future Transport Systems: Technology Potential.
2 credits2GM. Meboldt
AbstractFor companies it is essential to realise products quickly, economically and in a customer-oriented way. In this context approaches to agile and user-centred product development such as Scrum and Design Thinking are increasing in importance. Compared to traditional product development methods, agile methods promise higher quality and customer satisfaction coupled with reduced expenditure.
ObjectiveDesign and realisation of product development projects for future transport systems: Participants are familiar with the methods and procedures of agile and user-centred product development and are able to apply them profitably in their enterprises.
ContentParticipants define an innovation theme themselves in groups, and a selection of topics is then drawn from this theme for module group work. The module takes participants through the whole process, from the analysis of target groups and their requirements through project conception and planning to implementation in example form. The course is practical and uses concrete examples. At the end of the module participants will have deployed the methods of agile and user-centred product development to work very practically through a theme they have developed themselves, and will have become familiar with the typical application scenarios, advantages and hurdles associated with these methods.
Lecture notesDistributed at start of module
LiteratureDistributed at start of module
Prerequisites / NoticeAnnounced to students of the of the MAS / CAS at the beginning of the term
227-0981-00LCross-Disciplinary Research and Development in Medicine and Engineering Restricted registration - show details
A maximum of 12 medical degree students and 12 (biomedical) engineering degree students can be admitted, their number should be equal.
4 credits2V + 2AV. Kurtcuoglu, D. de Julien de Zelicourt, M. Meboldt, M. Schmid Daners, O. Ullrich
AbstractCross-disciplinary collaboration between engineers and medical doctors is indispensable for innovation in health care. This course will bring together engineering students from ETH Zurich and medical students from the University of Zurich to experience the rewards and challenges of such interdisciplinary work in a project based learning environment.
ObjectiveThe main goal of this course is to demonstrate the differences in communication between the fields of medicine and engineering. Since such differences become the most evident during actual collaborative work, the course is based on a current project in physiology research that combines medicine and engineering. For the engineering students, the specific aims of the course are to:

- Acquire a working understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the investigated system;
- Identify the engineering challenges in the project and communicate them to the medical students;
- Develop and implement, together with the medical students, solution strategies for the identified challenges;
- Present the found solutions to a cross-disciplinary audience.
ContentAfter a general introduction to interdisciplinary communication and detailed background on the collaborative project, the engineering students will team up with medical students to find solutions to a biomedical challenge. In the process, they will be supervised both by lecturers from ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, receiving coaching customized to the project. The course will end with each team presenting their solution to a cross-disciplinary audience.
Lecture notesHandouts and relevant literature will be provided.