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autumn 2019

STE6242 Virtual Prototyping - 5 ECTS

Sist endret: 25.03.2020

The course is provided by

Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology


Narvik |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June. Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April

Type of course

The course can be taken as a single subject.

Admission requirements

A relevant undergraduate bachelor Engineering programme with minimum 30 credits Mathematics/statistics topics

Recommended prerequisites: An undergraduate Bachelor Engineering degree in mechanics, structural or equivalent. It is recommended that the candidate have taken courses within the field of material selection, product design, structural analysis and geometric modelling or equivalent and have good knowledge with a CAD system.

Application code: 9371

Course content

From sketch to 3D CAD model - management of complex models, requirements for data at different stages in the design process, concurrent engineering methods within the field of engineering design.

Project, the application of modeling and simulation software.

Software that will be mentioned or used during lectures:  Autodesk Inventor, Rhinoceros, ANSYS (finite element program), CES (material selection software), SciLab, MATLAB, SolidWorks.

Recommended prerequisites

STE6238 Geometric Modelling, STE6241 Product Design, STE6290 Materials Selection in Product Design, STE6301 Structural Analysis in Engineering

Objectives of the course

The purpose of this course is to introduce the concept of virtual prototyping within the field of engineering design. The course will provide the students the knowledge to analyze, present/ visualize and simulate the characteristics of some (technical) products with the help of 3D CAD software for mechanical design and other numerical computation software. 


  • can apply knowledge to new areas within the academic field of materials,  design process, computational methods and engineering design (K3)


  • can analyze and deal critically with various sources of information and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments (S1)
  • can carry out an independent, limited research or development project under supervision and in accordance with applicable norms for research ethics (S4)  

General Competence:

After completing the course, the candidate:

  • can apply the knowledge and skills within engineering design in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects (GC2)
  • can communicate extensive independent work and masters language and some terminology of the academic field of engineering design (GC3)

Language of instruction

English or Norwegian.

Teaching methods

Lectures, problem sessions and a project run by the students under guidance by a supervisor.

Teaching and Examination Language: Lecturing language is set to Norwegian unless international students are at place (Provided the presence of English speaking students, English will be chosen).  .

The project report can be written in either Norwegian or English. Oral presentation can be in Norwegian or English.


  • Project (individual or group work) where the candidate/ group deliver a scientific report and give an oral presentation.
  • If the report is not available or the oral presentation was not carried out, the student will not obtain a final grade for the course.
  • Letter grading A - F, where F is fail grade.
  • There will not be arranged a re-sit exam for this course.