151-3213-00L  Integrative Ski Building Workshop

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersK. Shea
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 12.

- Priority is given to students in the Design, Mechanics and Manufacturing Focus Specialization in the Mechanical Engineering BSc
- To apply, please send the following information to Link by 31.08.2023: Letter of Motivation (one page) , CV, Transcript of Records
- Permission from lecturers required for all students.


151-3213-00 PIntegrative Ski Building Workshop Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
Permission from lecturers required for all students.
The course takes place on Wednesdays at 14-18h starting in the second week of the semester.
120s hrsK. Shea

Catalogue data

AbstractThis course introduces students to engineering design and fabrication by building their own skis or snowboard. Theoretical and applied engineering design skills like CAD, analysis and engineering of mechanical properties, 3D printing, laser cutting and practical handcrafting skills are acquired in the course.
ObjectiveThe objectives of the course are to use the practical ski/board design and building exercise to gain hands-on experience in design, mechanics and materials. A selection of sustainable materials are also used to introduce students to sustainable design. The built skis/board will be mechanically tested in the lab as well as together out in the field on a ski day and evaluated from various perspectives. Students can keep their personal built skis/boards after the course.
ContentThis practical ski/board design and building workshop consists of planning, designing, engineering and building your own alpine ski or snowboard. Students learn and execute all the needed steps in the process, such as engineering design, CAD, material selection, analysis of the mechanical properties of a composite layup, fabrication, routing wood cores, 3D printing of plastic protectors, milling side walls from wood or ABS plastic, laying up the fibers from carbon, glas, basalt or flax, laminating with resins, sanding and finishing, as well as laser engraving and veneer wood inlays.
Lecture notesavailable on Moodle
Prerequisites / NoticeWillingness to engage in the practical building of your ski/board also beyond the course hours in the evening.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersK. Shea
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationGraded semester performance plus individual evaluation reports.

Learning materials

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General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers
Permission from lecturers required for all students
PlacesLimited number of places. Special selection procedure.
Waiting listuntil 24.09.2023
End of registration periodRegistration only possible until 03.09.2023

Offered in

Mechanical Engineering BachelorDesign, Mechanics and ManufacturingWInformation