This project is run jointly with the students in MEC734 (Design for Manufacture). In it, you will reverse engineer a small product, propose design improvements, work collaboratively with MEC734 students, and also critique their work. (And they will critique yours.)
The project is laid out in a series of phases and gates, described below, where a phase is a major task, and a gate is a checkpoint at which point a deliverable is presented.
The phase-gate project management process (sometimes called a “waterfall” model) has been in use since the 1940s. For large and complex projects, it isn't very effective or efficient. However, since it is light-weight and generally easy to implement, it does still work for smaller projects, such as this one.
Each team in both courses will receive a product to analyze. You will “reverse engineer” the product and analyze it from a general design point of view.
This “gate” is for kick-off activities:
Analyze the product and the information you gathered as you reverse engineered it. Complete these tasks by Gate 2 (described below).
Teams from MEC723 and MEC734 will be paired by the instructors. Gate 2 involves meeting with your partner team to:
The goal is NOT to develop a single set of proposed design improvements or do any “deep” design work, but rather to inform your own team's decisions by considering your partner team as DfM experts/consultants.
Using all info gathered to that point, each team will develop a design proposal for an improved product.
Write a report that includes:
All teams hand in reports for grading.
The instructors will send ungraded, anonymous copies of each team's report to a team in the “other” course for review. The team that receives your report will not be the same team you met with at Gate 2.
Each team will analyze their partner team's report, and write a new critique report:
Critique reports should be approximately 2 pages long. Point form is strongly encouraged.
Each team submits a critique of their partner team’s report for grading.
Critiques will be distributed (ungraded) to the original teams, for their information.