Research and Technology in Graphic Engineering and Design at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
The Department of Graphic Engineering and Design (DEGD) of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia has undergone continuous and rapid changes in its teaching and research methods in recent years. The DEGD has pursued continuous improvement in learning techniques in its Undergraduate, Master’s and Doctoral programs, striving for excellence, adapting to the increasingly more varied research needs demanded by society from institutions of higher education.
We are experiencing paradigm shifts, to a great extent due to the global change affecting the Earth, and we cannot sit back and wait as a society or a department. It is for this reason that a large part of the research carried out recently is related to improved sustainability, investigating new materials, industrial processes, technologies and mechanisms to repurpose and recycle, as is evident in the chapters of the present book.
Graphic Engineering and Design is present in the design methodologies used to design a competition motorcycle, in the study of the potential of cellulose as a sustainable material, in the learning about equidistant curves and the solving of tangency problems, in the quest for an alternative to materials derived from fossil resources, in the new production processes for e-commerce packaging, in additive manufacturing, in 3D printing, in the new design methods for porous scaffolds; cross-curricular and innovative knowledge that forms part of the research at DEGD.