“For the ME450 Capstone Project, students solve an open-ended mechanical engineering design problem including the broader considerations of performance, cost, safety, and societal impact.The problem must provide opportunities for creative mechanical design, fundamental analysis, and proof-of-concept prototyping.”
For more information about ME450 – Capstone Project visit here
What I have been doing:
While all other students were allowed to choose either a project or a team, I was able to choose my team AND my project through my good relationship with professors and friends.
I was part of the hardware team responsible for designing and manufacturing the hardware components of the system.
The goal of this elective class is basically to pick and existing product on the market and make it better by making it more robust, modular, easier to assembly and cheaper to manufacture. The product my team and I picked is the bike pump above.
In this class, my team and I built and electromechanical four-bar linkage system from scratch that can pick up balls, sort them into colors and places them into baskets that correspond to certain colors.
Review of the design process and relevant design principles
Application of basic materials and mechanics to mechanical design
Analysis and synthesis with focus on selection methods for basic offtheshelf mechanical components which may incude gears, bearings, springs, power screws, and fasteners
Basic kinematic and kinetostatic analysis/synthesis of mechanisms such as four bar linkages
Selection and application of motors based upon predictive models and motor curves
Design of mechatronic systems for given motion/power requirements
Analysis of load and power flow through transmission systems including those with linkages
Preparation of engineering drawings and manufacturing plans, selecting the appropriate materials and manufacturing processes based upon geometry, loading and tolerances
Design, build and assemble mechanical systems using standard machine shop tools (manual mill, lathe, drill, waterjet cutter, and laser cutter)
Test and evaluate simple mechanical and mechatronic systems and components for performance and failure behavior using physical and virtual prototypes
Designed an electromechanical four-bar linkage system with an Arduino microcontroller, a DC motor and color sensor using Solidworks and simulated its kinetics such as its power consumption using ADAMS software.
Created engineering drawings, GD&T and BOM to manufacture its parts using 3D Printing, Mill and Lathe.
Makeathon – Design, Build and Test of an Interactive Display for Carasso Science Park Under 72-Hours
What it is:
Attended a 72-hour Makeathon in which a team of 5 engineers and I needed to design, build and test an interactive display for kids that shows why the earth orbits around the sun using the concept that a larger mass pulls a lighter mass towards itself.
What I did:
Led a team of 5 including international engineers and designers to design, build and test an interactive product that shows why the earth orbits around the sun using the concept that a larger mass pulls a lighter mass towards itself.
Won 2nd place in the Makeathon competition and was chosen the best design by the Carasso Science Park representative.
“Makeathon is a 36-Hour Prototyping and Design Competition held annually at the University of Michigan. The competition aims to bring together the University’s brightest and most creative students and give them the tools they need to build something truly awesome.”
Students who attend Makeathon can choose to attend either Makeathon Case Competition or Makeathon Open Ended Design Challenge. My team and I attended Makeathon Case Competition in which students are assigned a challenge by company representatives. We were assigned by Bosch and TI representatives to build an autonomous mini car that could navigate in a mini city, going through tunnels, stopping at red lights and stop signs.
For more information visit Makeathon’s website here.
What I did:
Led three engineers to build an autonomous and remote-controlled mini car in less than 36 hours.
Modeled a vehicle chassis using Fusion 360 and manufactured parts to mount the electronics using 3D printing.
Presented the final vehicle to a panel of corporate representatives and was awarded 2nd