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11. Mechanical design / Machine design

Midterm review

Prepare for global evaluation by having your local instructor review your preceding assignments and final project site

  • Ready for global evaluation -> 2 assignment completed
  • Instructor review your status
  • if student have site of final project
  • everybody got checked

Mechanical Design

Group Assignment

  • design a machine that includes mechanism+actuation+automation+application
  • build the mechanical parts and operate it manually
  • document the group project and your individual contribution
  • mechanism: parts that move relative to each other
  • actuation: something that can make it move
  • automation: intelligence that coordinates the motion
  • application: it does something there’s a purpose. it can’t just be motion there has to be a reason for it.

Machine Design

Group Assignment

  • actuate and automate your machine
  • document the group project and your individual contribution






Group page

Slide & Video


Made your slide> 1920 x 1080 pixels with your name, project name, Fab Lab name, a photo/render/sketch of your project, a brief description of what your project is/does


Made a ~1 minute (10MB/1080p) video of you explaining your project


HTML5 MP4 ffmpeg encoding

variable bit rate 1080p MP3:

   ffmpeg -i input_video -vcodec libx264 -crf 25 -preset medium -vf scale=-2:1080 -acodec libmp3lame -q:a 4 -ar 48000 -ac 2 output_video.mp4

fixed bit rate 1080p MP2:

   ffmpeg -i input_video -vcodec libx264 -b:v 1000k -vf scale=-2:1080 -acodec mp2 -b:a 256k -ar 48000 -ac 2 output_video.mp4

Last update: April 8, 2022