In this class, a group of students, approx. 12 people, will plan and design a new creative and mechanical system meeting user needs. Students will acquire basic practical skills in designing, drafting and building of products.
1. Ability to set up problems based on surveys of users and sites used
2. Creative thinking for problem solving
3. Planning and designing ability to form ideas
4. Technology that accurately conveys content to instructors through presentations and design reviews
1. You can discover problems from the user's perspective through ethnographic surveys and interviews.
2. In order to solve problems, you can grasp problems from multiple points of view, and give ideas for problem solving with flexible and free ideas.
3. Rather than just finishing up with ideas, you can think technically how to actually create something realistic.
4. It is possible to create a highly complete design proposal by repeating the process of creating a prototype in the form of an idea, extracting problems, and improving it.
This subject corresponds to the acquisition of;
8. Ability to plan and execute projects in coordination with others
|✔ Applicable||How instructors' work experience benefits the course|
|This course will be offered using some examples of a project management, since one instructor has experience in a private industry.|
Planning・Designing, Creativity, Design thinking, Prototype, Group working, Processing technique, Control technology, Total Scholastic Ability
|✔ Specialist skills||Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
The course is centered on group work in groups of 10 people. Each group will propose a concept, manufacture a prototype, and give a presentation. Please work on concept proposal and prototype manufacturing assignments both during class and as homework. Students will manufacture the actual mechanical system in Creative Design Project of Mechanical Systems (MEC.Q311.A).
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Grouping and Introduction － Checking tools and devices, Safety instruction, Announcement of Theme||Propose a method to solve a problem every group. Investigate the existing items|
|Class 2||Team building activity||Build up teamwork mind|
|Class 3||Proposal of Concept － Ethnographical research and users observations in real life||Draft a concept to solve a problem. Investigate real users and their life.|
|Class 4||Sketching － sketches, storyboards||Visualize the effect of advantage for the users.|
|Class 5||Quick and dirty prototyping||Make mock-up with paper and old junk|
|Class 6||Poster preparation||Prepare Poster preparation|
|Class 7||3 idea presentation||Poster presentation|
|Class 8||Summerizing 3 idea presentation, Selecting 1 idea per section3 Note for function/specification/modules||Summarizing 3 idea presentation, Selecting 1 idea per section3, Assigning members to each module.|
|Class 9||Introduction to mechanisms and machines||Concept design for each module. Build a prototype.|
|Class 10||Materials, Fastening and joining parts||Concept design for each module. Build a prototype.|
|Class 11||Actuators||Concept design for each module. Build a prototype.|
|Class 12||Pitch||Present the current ideas and obtain feedback. Concept design for each module. Build a prototype.|
|Class 13||Bearings, couplers, gears, screws, and springs||Concept design for each module. Build a prototype.|
|Class 14||Design review and clean-up||Discussion at table|
Not specified. (The lecture materials will be distributed at beginning of this Course or can be downloaded on the web site of OCW.)
Hoshino, Tadashi, Hassouhou Nyumon, Nikkei Bunko , ISBN-13: 978-4532110772，(Japanese)
Dustyn Roberts, Making Things Move DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists, ISBN-13: 978-0071741675，
Matsuoka et.al., M Method Design thinking on Multispace, Kindaino Kagakusha, ISBN-13: 978-4764904446，(Japanese)
Karl Ulrich, Steven Eppinger, Product Design and Development, McGraw Hill Higher Education; 5th Revised Ed, ISBN-13: 978-0072296471
Notebook 30%, Quiz in class 20%, Design review 50%
Students are required to have taken Engineering Literacy (XEG.B101, 102, 103, 104) and Introduction to Mechanical Systems (MEC.Q201.R), or have equivalent knowledge. As the number of practical training devices is limited, priority will be given to students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering if capacity is exceeded.