Mechanical Design, Machine Design

:sparkles: Updated for 2023 evaluation standards!

Mechanical Design (part 1 of 2)

  • Group assignment:

    • Design a machine that includes mechanism + actuation + automation + application
    • Build the mechanical parts and operate it manually.
    • Document the group project
  • Individual assignment:

    • Document your individual contribution.

Machine Design (part 2 of 2)

  • Group assignment:

    • Actuate and automate your machine.
    • Document the group project
  • Individual assignment:

    • Document your individual contribution.

Learning outcomes

  • Work and communicate effectively in a team and independently
  • Design, plan and build a system
  • Analyse and solve technical problems
  • Recognise opportunities for improvements in the design

Have you answered these questions?

  • Documented the machine building process to the group page
  • Documented your individual contribution to this project on your own website
  • Linked to the group page from your individual page as well as from group page to your individual pages
  • Shown how your team planned and executed the project (Group page)
  • Described problems and how the team solved them (Group page)
  • Listed future development opportunities for this project (Group page)
  • Included your design files (Group page)
  • You need to present your machine globally and/or include an aprox. 1 min video (1920x1080 HTML5 MP4) + slide (1920x1080 PNG) (Group page)


Do we have to design new boards for this assignment?

Answer: No. You can use the Urumbu boards or existing commercial boards.

I'm the only student in the lab, can I complete the assignment by building the machine alone?

Answer: No. You need to collaborate with someone. If you can't find another student, you may collaborate with your local instructor or another person from your node. This is a team effort.

Answer: Optimal size of the group is three to five students per machine building project. Each member needs to contribute a week's worth of work.

Can we use off-the-shelf software?

Answer: Yes.

What if the machine was not ready and I was not able to present?

There has to be a strong reason for not being able to present on time. You should make a video presentation as soon as possible and upload it to your group assignment page. You can request to present the machine during subsequent weekly reviews.

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