2.77 Precision Product Design
Weekly Brainware, Hardware and Seek & Geek Uploads
Precision Product Design (2.77) is a course at MIT, taught by the distinguished Professor Alexander Slocum . The course examines design, selection, and combination of machine elements to produce a robust precision machine or system. The learning objective of the class is to be able to conceive an overall machine system, and an analytical model to deterministically guide the design (e.g., error apportionment and error budget) to meet functional requirements of the product. This year, each student must design, build and test a computer-controlled desk that can raise/lower to be used when standing or sitting. (Search "Rising Desk") Each student works independently and their work is then reviewed, weekly, in peer groups of upto 4 students.
This page serves as a weekly documentation of my work for the class, and contains links to the weekly deliverables for each category:
Brainware: Involves application of deterministic design principles to design a mechanism or advance the design of the desk. This section also has a "Seek & Geek" component, where I analyse interesting mechanisms in products tangible, in my daily life.
Hardware: Involves fabrication and testing of designed mechanism and closing the design loop.
PUPS: Weekly Problem Sets (there is usually some overlap between PUPS and other sections)