MAE 4340

MAE 4340

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2015-2016.

Combined lecture and laboratory course on the new product development cycle: iterative design based on prototyping, testing, consumer feedback, and limitations set by mass manufacturing. The course instructs students on methods to identify product concepts for machine designs with commercial potential. Design teams will perform market analysis and explore the intellectual property space around their ideas and rapidly iterate them into a final prototype via digital manufacturing (e.g., 3D CAD files manifested via robotic printing or machining); advanced instruction on these tools will be given, and quantitative marketing will be used as feedback. Early stage prototypes will progress into more sophisticated designs. Scale-up (cost, pricing, tooling) considerations for mass manufacturing will be taken into account, as well as quantitative analysis of machine designs for the expected utility.

When Offered Fall.

Permission Note Enrollment limited to: M. E. Seniors.

Satisfies Requirement Satisfies Senior Design requirement if enrolled in MAE 4341.

  • Understand the logic of the product development cycle in the context of a startup company and an established firm and communicate effectively in teams.
  • Describe the limitations of early stage prototypes and the importance of staged development into more realistic prototypes.
  • Identify product platforms for mechanical design with commercial potential.
  • Appreciation of Intellectual Property in terms of design and utility.
  • Be familiar with basic tools of design and manufacturing, such as CAD and digital manufacturing tools.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one laboratory. Combined with: MAE 4341MAE 5340

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 13291 MAE 4340   LEC 001

  • Limited enrollment--by application only. Open to seniors and M.Eng. Deadline August 19, 2015. Instructions to apply:

  • 13712 MAE 4340   LAB 401