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Reconstruction of Consumer Products Using Engineering Design Principles
Pranav Meshram
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Reconstruction of Consumer Products Using Engineering Design Principles

Redesign a consumer appliance and validate it for mass-production, reliability, quality, and safety. Optimize the design by using economic decision making. The project is designed to aid mechanical/ manufacturing engineering students. But the nature of the project makes it accessible to all students interested in the topic.

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8 weeks, 2-3 hours per week
Intermediate
No experience required
No experience required
Some experience required
Degree and experience required

Description

Mass-produced products are often designed to be manufactured quickly and in a cost-effective process. The traditional design of a product leads to tradeoffs in quality, safety, and reliability. In this Build Project, students will redesign 3 popular consumer products using basic and advanced engineering design principles. Students will identify problems and use TRIZ, Morphological charts, Biomimicry, data driven methods, etc. to modify the existing product.  

Students will also perform DFMEA, PFMEA and follow standard industry guidelines to reach an economically feasible solution. During this project, you will learn engineering failure modes, causes and effects, perform Root cause analysis, prepare fishbone charts and use basic cost analysis for all consumer products. The tools used during this project are a staple of the manufacturing industry and will provide a great boost to students when they are showcased while working on a project.

Session timeline

  • Applications open
    March 11, 2024
  • Application deadline
    April 7, 2024
  • Project start date
    Week of July 8, 2024
    Week of
    April 29, 2024
  • Project end date
    Week of

What you will learn

  • Develop schematic diagrams and proof of concept of the product they worked on and highlight the Manufacturing elements incorporated during the project
  • Have a robust understanding of FMEA and will be submitting a detailed DFMEA and PFMEA for their product
  • Understand industrial standards like BOM, Fishbone diagrams, TQM, and RCA (Root Cause Analysis)
  • Develop their ideas in 3D CAD and gain experience on software like Solidworks, Fusion 360, etc.
Build Projects are 8-week experiences that operate on a rolling basis. Selected participants engage in weekly live workshops with a Build Fellow and 2-15 other students.

Project workshops

1
Introduction to Engineering Design
2
Information Gathering
3
Concept Generation
4
Product Architecture
5
Design for Manufacturing
6
Design for Reliability
7
Cost Analysis and Evaluation
8
Review and Submission

Prerequisites

  • Basic understanding of mechanical engineering concepts and physics (Free body diagram, Newton’s laws of motion, etc.)
  • Ability to use MS Word, excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to draw rough sketches of consumer products.

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Pranav Meshram is a Mechanical Engineering Build Fellow at Open Avenues Foundation, where he works with students leading projects in mechanical engineering.

Pranav is a Program Engineer at Vistech Manufacturing Solutions where he works on automotive tooling and equipment, including concept, design, fabrication, and mass production product launch. He also supports commercial activities regarding process concept, tooling/equipment costing, and customer technical reviews.

Pranav has 4 of years of experience in mechanical engineering. He has also worked on nuclear reactors and assisted in development of tools for cleaning cooling channels.

He holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering.