DTU Robust Design Workshop Series

Our Objectives Workshops are an essential building block of the applied Robust Design research at the DTU. Our aim is to provide a platform for practitioners to discover the state of the art in Robust Design and to learn about the corresponding RD methods/tools, while exchanging knowledge on experiences, solutions and challenges faced.

For full engagement of the participants, all workshops are built around a case examples. Based on physical samples, case files, CAD models, etc., the workshops enables a hands-on/dialogue-based discussion in order to:

  • give the participants and an active role in guided tutorials and exercises focusing on Robust Design methods/tools
  • raise actual & future questions in Robust Design
  • encourage knowledge sharing through working together on a common problem

Are you Interested in learning more and/or to participate in DTU Robust Design Workshops? Please check the open source material on our workshops provided below, and do not hesitate to contact us for further information at info@robustdesign.org.

2016 - The Variation Management Framework
Managing Variation across different domains. Robust Design Day 2016
Variation Management Framework (VMF) started as a theoretic framework to describe how variation and sensitivity can be mapped through the production, engineering design and product design domains, give a full account for product quality and robustness.

This workshop takes the production viewpoint, using he VMF to manage product robustness based on incoming measurement data through a case study scenario.
Workbook Download The workbook is the central document of the workshop. The workbook summarizes all information relevant for the exercises and is published OPEN SOURCE.
Reference: Eifler, T.; Andersen, J.B.; Ahm, C.; & Howard, T.J.: Robust Embodiment Design – Workshop Robust Design Day 2015 / Copenhagen.
Other Materials & Links
  • Please find the downloads of all workshop tasks as well as the necessary excel files below.
  • See here for Information on achievable tolerance windows in production.
  • For more information on solutions to the workshop, please contact info@robustdesign.org.
  • Please also take a look at:
    Howard, T.J.; Eifler, T.; Pedersen, S.N.; Göhler, S.M.; Boorla, S.M., Ebro, M. (2017): The Variation management framework. In: Quality Engineering.
2015 - Robust Embodiment Design
How to design location schemes and part to part interfaces in a robust manner. Robust Design Day 2015
This Robust Design Workshop offers you the chance to participate in a hands-on Robust Design experience raising the question of an embodiment design procedure to systematically detail the layout, geometries, materials, etc. of conceptual solutions in a robust manner.

Using the example of a Mini Trigger Glue Gun, the workshop is designed as a series of guided tutorials, exercises as well as structured discussions to encourage knowledge sharing through working together on a common problem. The aim is to provide a platform to discover the state of the art in robust design, to learn from each others’ experiences and approaches, and to discuss challenges faced.
Workbook Download The workbook is the central document of the workshop. The workbook summarizes all information relevant for the exercises and is published OPEN SOURCE.
Reference: Eifler, T.; Andersen, J.B.; Ahm, C.; & Howard, T.J.: Robust Embodiment Design – Workshop Robust Design Day 2015 / Copenhagen.
Other Materials & Links
2014 - Robust Embodiment Design
How to design location schemes and part to part interfaces in a robust manner. Robust Design Day 2014
This workshop refers to the case of the faulty GM ignition switch, which, after several severe accidents, had led GM to launch one of the most infamous recalls of automotive history in the first half of 2014. In total, the recall covered more than 30 million vehicles and resulted in a $900 million deferred prosecution agreement.

As the corresponding investigation by the federal authorities also included the disclosure of numerous documents, the case offers a unique possibility for the DTU Robust Workhop series. Provided with physical samples of the Ignition Switch and based on an introduction to Robust Design, the participants are challenged to analyse the switch’s functionality, to evaluate its robustness, as well as to reason about potential limitations of today’s production-focused quality practices
Workbook Download The workbook is the central document of the workshop. The workbook summarizes all information relevant for the exercises and is published OPEN SOURCE.
Reference: Eifler, T.; Andersen, J.B.; Ahm, C.; & Howard, T.J.: Robust Embodiment Design – Workshop Robust Design Day 2015 / Copenhagen.
Other Materials & Links
  • Please use the free edrawings.com viewer in order to view the CAD files.
  • See here for Information on achievable tolerance windows in production.
  • For more information on solutions to the workshop, please contact info@robustdesign.org.
  • Please also take a look at:
    Eifler, T. & Howard, T.J. (2017): Importance of robust design methodology: case study of the infamous GM ignition switch recall. In: Research in Engineering Design.