2.72 Elements of Mechanical Design

Spring 2006

3D color rendering of a robot leg.
A SolidWorks® model of a hexapod robot's leg, as used in Homework #3 in this course's assignments section. (Diagram by Pablo Valdivia, based on a robot design by Alex Dirks).

Course Highlights

This course features selected notes and modeling files used in lectures, plus a complete set of assignments.

Course Description

This course provides an advanced treatment of machine elements such as bearings, springs, gears, cams, and mechanisms. Analysis of these elements includes extensive application of core engineering curriculum including solid mechanics and fluid dynamics. The course offers practice in skills needed for machine design such as estimation, drawing, and experimentation. Students work in small teams to design and build machines that address real-world challenges.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .mcd, .sldasm, .sldprt, .swj, .wm, .xmcd, .xls, and .zip.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Daniel Frey
Ms. Amy Smith

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

One session / week
3 hours / session




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