Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 15 credits / 22,5 HE credits
The project described in this report were done as a Bachelor thesis in the course MSGC12, for a bachelor degree at the Innovation and design-engineering program at Karlstad University. The course is 22,5hp and goes for 20 weeks over the whole spring term. The project originated from an earlier project done with Swegon AB. The project goal is to find a design of a room thermostat, and demonstrate notably important features that can create an added value to Swegon or their costumers. This will later collaborate with another project that is going on simultaneously. These will unite and present a mutual product.
The room thermostats existing today often has very plastic feel to them and is not very adaptable to the environments that they are placed in. They are also not very distinctive and they look pretty much the same regardless of maker.
The method used in this project follows the steps set for the industrial product development process. A big part of this process is the iterative cycle were problem solving and life cycle perspective is important pillars. It is here that the modularity comes in. The project is based on a feasibility study with focus on finding innovative ways for the user to get data and make changes to their environment.
To arrive at the final prototype, the project have gone through different analyses, discussions with the company, idea generation, patent check, workshop work, and concept screenings and partners in the project picked the concept which from their view were the best at Swegon. When these opinions were in, a 3d model were developed during the creation of said model, problems were encountered these were solved along the way. The model was then printed in a 3d printer. The prototype were then fitted with a light frame where the light could shine through and be projected onto the material. A complete prototype is made up of five parts, these are back plate, frame, plexiglass, light frame and material to project the symbols on. The product is not final but it points in a direction for the coming products.
2014. , 39 p.