Goals of the Course
Heuristic learning of a structured design process through application to a two-semester, open-ended, group design project.
Who is it designed for?
Mechanical Engineering Seniors.
Engineering ethics, engineering design methodology, design process, project planning, decision making, materials selection, economic analysis, quality control, finite element analysis.
Maker skills it develops
Design projects require working prototypes. Students learn rapid prototyping for bench level experiments as well as traditional manufacturing (milling, turning, welding, etc.)
Statics, Dynamics, Design of Mechanical Elements, Introduction to Mechanical Design.
Skills, Tools and Technologies Used
CAM – assumed known
FEA - Introduced
Traditional machining – assumed known
Rapid prototyping – Introduced
Composites manufacturing - Introduced
Key Examples and Prior Work
Students have made vehicles and airplanes to compete in various SAE competitions, medical products, components for testing satellites, and air cargo containers to name a few.
FUNdaMentals book, lectures, and spreadsheets; Previous team’s design wikis.
Develop a working prototype to solve an open-ended design problem. This is the crux of engineering. The point is put all the previously learned theory to work and make something useful.
Student design teams, without any really command structure authority, have significant team dynamics problems. Each semester I add more emphasis to team building and team dynamics, trying to find a way to reduce these problems.