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ME101: Introduction to Mechanical Engineering

  • Unit 4: Introductory Design Project  

    In this unit, you will demonstrate creative, quantitative, and critical thinking in the design of a solution to an engineering problem of your choice.  The steps given below are small subset of what is typically advocated for serious design, but the process should give you a flavor of design and allow you to show some creativity.

    Unit 4 Time Advisory

    This unit will take you approximately 26 hours to complete.

    ☐    Subunit 4.1: 6 hours

    ☐    Subunit 4.2: 8 hours

    ☐    Subunit 4.3: 12 hours

    Unit4 Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

    • demonstrate an understanding of the design process;
    • use quantitative tools to characterize a design;
    • effectively communicate a design with engineering drawings; and
    • consider ethical and social factors in design.
  • 4.1 Introduction  

    • Web Media: Massachusetts Institute of Technology: TechTV’s “Design for Success”

      Link: Massachusetts Institute of Technology: TechTV’s “Design for Success” (Adobe Flash)
       
      Instructions: Please click on the link above and watch the entire documentary (36:14).
       
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    • Lecture: Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur: B. Maiti’s “Design Philosophy”

      Link: Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur: B. Maiti’s “Design Philosophy” (YouTube)
       
      Instructions: Please click on the link above and watch the entire video (59:46).
       
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    • Reading: Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education: Seyyed Khandani’s “Engineering Design Process”

      Link: Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education: Seyyed Khandani’s “Engineering Design Process” (PDF)
       
      Instructions: Please click on the link above and read the entire article.
       
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    • Reading: Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Ernesto E. Blanco, David Gordon Wilson, Sherondalyn Johnson, and LaTaunynia Flemings’ “Engineering Drawing and Sketching”

      Link: Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Ernesto E. Blanco, David Gordon Wilson, Sherondalyn Johnson, and LaTaunynia Flemings’ “Engineering Drawing and Sketching” (HTML)
       
      Instructions: Please click on the link above and read the entire webpage.  Then, practice the sketching methods freehand.
       
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  • 4.2 Choose and Define a Project  

    Note: For this subunit you need to choose and define a design project.  By define, we mean set some parameters for the scope of the project.  For example, you may want to explicitly name and explain your project's purpose, minimum functionality, cost, lifetime, and so forth.  Some examples of suitable project topics may be found in the link below.  In defining the project, you should obtain ideas and recommendations by interviewing at least five other people.  Summarize your project definition in a one page statement.

    • Reading: American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ “Integrated Design Engineering Activity Series (IDEAS)”

      Link: American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ “Integrated Design Engineering Activity Series (IDEAS)” (HTML)
       
      Instructions: Please click on the link above and scroll down the left-hand menu for a list of possible project problems.  Read through several of these pages, which will help you develop an engineering problem of your own.
       
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  • 4.3 Brainstorming and Concept Development  

    • Reading: American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ “How to Succeed in the Student Design Competition”

      Link: American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ “How to Succeed in the Student Design Competition” (HTML)
       
      Instructions: Please click on the link above and read this article and its associated links for advice on doing well as a beginning design engineer.
       
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  • 4.4 Complete Your Design Project  

    • Activity: The Saylor Foundation’s “ME101 Design Project Instructions”

      Link: The Saylor Foundation’s “ME101 Design Project Instructions” (PDF)
       
      Instructions: Please click on the link above, read the entire document, and complete the activity as instructed.

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