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Tomas Lindehell

Lecturer Design College. Teaches and communicates processes, workflows, and computer-aided tools, to design students, to create 3D models and visualisations.

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Born in Umeå and also grew up here. Except for four years, studying, in Stockhom I have been faithful to my roots. With a genuine interest in mechanics, electronics and the urge to simplify the life around me I decided to study engineering. 1990 I graduated from the Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, with a Master of Science in Engineering specialized in the field of hydraulic and pneumatics. With a newborn knowledge on how to construct and control heavy mechanical equipment with just tiny small embedded systems (computers) brought me to the forest machine company Komatsu Forest (formely Valmet Logging). Automatic cabin leveling system (AutoLev), an environmentally friendly chain oil system (Eco Oiler), color marking system and a patent for an automatic chain saw tension with a quick change feature for harvesters are some examples of the work done during those exciting 8,5 years. UDK, IT-consultant firm just next to UID, became my next step. Late 1999 the Umeå Institute of Design, UID, searched for a new CAD & CAID lecturer. And now having the possibility to forward the cutting edge 3D-software knowledge to inspired students is hard to beat!

Tomas Lindehell awarded with the Faculty of Science and Technology's pedagogical prize in 2012

At Audi UNIverse, UID students presented Umeå University and their different individual concepts for the entire design team and leadership from Audi.

Full scale Milling at Institute of Design in Umeå UID. Ockelbo Revival (YouTube)

Umea Institute of Design a Playlist of videos

What I do at UID

I mostly teach, mainly in areas related to 3D-softwares and visualization:

  • Surface modeling, with NURBS, Autodesk AutoStudio (known as "Alias")
  • Visualization and rendering still images and animations with Keyshot, Autodesk VRED Pro and Alias
  • Advanced surface modeling with SolidWorks
  • Export for Milling, IGES and STEP, to be able to make milled prototypes
  • Prepare for Rapid Prototyping, RP ( friformsframställning fff) 3D-printing
  • What is polygon modeling? Autodesk Alias, Autodesk Meshmixer, Netfabb basic, MeshLab, Makehuman
  • I'm also involved in "Hands on work" with milling machines and the MasterCam software to get the pieces made.
  • Introduction to SketchUp which is a marvelous 3D-software with impressive possibilities.
  • 3D-scanning of objects with laser, Go!SCAN 3D, IR IPad scanner or just a camera (photogrammetry).
  • And of course put everything together!