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Guidelines for the term project are as follows:

  • Buy a small assembled product costing no more than ~$35 and having 10 to 20 parts
    • Be sure you can take it apart and put it back together
    • Save the packaging and instructions
    • SDM students can use a product from work
  • You will analyze it in detail technically and economically and design an assembly line
  • Lecture 3 hand in a description of what you bought and names/e-mails of team members
  • Examples: hand-held power tools, small clocks and timers, Luxo lamps, small home appliances, toys
  • Schedule a time to show it to me for an hour ASAP
  • Hand in Request for Payment to get reimbursed

Summary of Systematic Process (PDF)

Project Deliverables

The project is completed in six incremental steps. Each step culminates in a report that must be handed in at the assigned lecture session.

Report 1: Completely describe the product

Report 2: Datum Flow Chain (DFC) analysis of the product

Report 3: Choreograph each assembly step and Design for Assembly (DFA)

Report 4: Create a floor layout

Report 5: Design a workstation

Report 6: Economic analysis and discrete event simulation of your system

Detailed Project Deliverables (PDF)

Amazon logo Examples of student project work can be found on the CD that is included with the course text: Whitney, Daniel E. Mechanical Assemblies: Their Design, Manufacture, and Role in Product Development. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2004. ISBN: 9780195157826.