2.75 Precision Machine Design

Fall 2001

An example of exact constraint using kinematic design. (Martin Culpepper)
An example of exact constraint using kinematic design, from the 2.75 lecture notes. (Image by Prof. Martin Culpepper.)

Course Highlights

This project-based course includes a wealth of information about the kinds of projects assigned and the methodologies for designing and building them.  The course offers lecture notes and spreadsheet tools as well.

Course Description

Intensive coverage of precision engineering theory, heuristics, and applications pertaining to the design of systems ranging from consumer products to machine tools. Topics covered include:  economics, project management, and design philosophy; principles of accuracy, repeatability, and resolution; error budgeting; sensors; sensor mounting; systems design; bearings; actuators and transmissions; system integration driven by functional requirements, and operating physics. Emphasis on developing creative designs, which are optimized by analytical techniques applied via spreadsheets. This is a projects course with lectures consisting of design teams presenting their work and the class helping to develop solutions; thereby everyone learning from everyone's projects.

Technical Requirements

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Prof. Alex Slocum
Prof. Martin Culpepper

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session