Bicycle Lift Assist
Course: MAE 464: Manufacturing Automation
Semester: Fall 2015
Group Size: 6
"This project will provide students with an opportunity to apply the fundamental theories learned in the course to develop the manufacturing process for an engineered system, identifying appropriate areas to implement automation. Students select and design the system under consideration, specifying the design such that the manufacturing process can be defined. Considering component shape, part volume, material, etc. students will specify all aspects of the manufacturing process. This includes the methods used for individual operations, as well as the overall process. The initial design will also be critiqued to identify areas of redesign, either for the manufacturing process or the system. The project affords students an opportunity to demonstrate a mastery of their skills in the selection of manufacturing processes, critical thinking, information synthesis, technical communication, and system (re)design."
From this task, our group decided to design an innovative bike rack for a car roof that assists the user in loading and unloading their bike and makes the entire process easier and safer.
My Role: So far this group has been quite efficient and organized. We have been working well together as we progress through the project. My main role has been assisting in the 3D CAD model development.
- Design for Manufacturability (DFM)
- Design for Assembly (DFA)
- Product Lifecycle Considerations
- Manufacturing Automation Implementation
Because this class is focused on manufacturing and automation, I have learned a lot about "conscious design". By this I mean, designing while considering other factors such as manufacturing and assembly processes. In the end, if a product is to be successful, it is most likely going to be produced in a relatively large quantity. With this is mind, it is important as the designer to have the ability to optimize the design in order to make the manufacturing and assembly processes be as efficient as possible.