2020 Creative System Design

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Undergraduate major in Systems and Control Engineering
Tsukagoshi Hideyuki  Amaya Kenji  Imura Jun-Ichi  Okutomi Masatoshi  Kurabayashi Daisuke  Kosaka Hidenori  Sampei Mitsuji  Nakashima Motomu  Hachiya Hiroyuki  Fujita Masayuki  Hayakawa Tomohisa  Tanaka Masayuki  Nakao Hiroya  Hara Seiichiro  Yamakita Masaki  Miyazaki Yusuke  Ohyama Shinji  Onishi Yuki  Ishizaki Takayuki  Torii Akihiko  Tsuchida Takahiro  Sato Susumu  Nakano Takashi  Ibuki Tatsuya  Hirata Shinnosuke  Yamauchi Junya  Nagasawa Tsuyoshi 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses the fundamentals on the design processes of systems. Students design and make the remote controlled machine which will be used to solve the given subject. The subject is given in the first class, and the presentations on the concept of the machine are made by students in the 4th class. The contest of the machines made by students is held as the final presentation in the last class.

In order to create the useful systems, we need to optimize the functions of the system under the limitations on safety, efficiency, cost, and productivity. This laboratory course, in which students make the machines under the given rule with limited materials, enables students to understand and acquire the fundamentals of design processes of systems widely applicable to create the actual systems.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain the basic processes of design.
2) Make the simple remote controlled machine.
3) Make the presentation on their design.
4) Explain the fundamental properties of electronic motors and pneumatic actuators.


design of system, remote controlled machine, machining tool, contest, actuator

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

The subject is given in the 1st class. The technical training of machining tools, presentation of the concepts of the machines, and classes for designing and making the machine are conducted after the 2nd class. Finally the contest will be held as a final presentation.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Explanation on the subject (rule of the game, materials) and concept design Brainstorming, concept design of machine
Class 2 Consideration of machine concept Determine basic concept of machine
Class 3 Technical training of machining tools Training on the operations and safety of machining tools
Class 4 Presentation on the concept of machine Presentation on the concept of machine
Class 5 Designing of wheels Designing and making machine
Class 6 Making of wheels Preparation of drawing the draft of wheels
Class 7 Designing of chassis parts Drawing the draft of wheels
Class 8 Making of chassis parts Preparation of drawing the draft of chassis parts
Class 9 Designing of arm parts Drawing the draft of chassis parts
Class 10 Designing of arm parts Preparation of drawing the draft of arm parts
Class 11 System integration Drawing the draft of arm parts
Class 12 Performance evaluation Discussion on the performance of the machine
Class 13 Consideration of improvement Discussion on improvement of the machine
Class 14 Competition Evaluation of the performance of the developed machine thruough the competiotion

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend a certain length of time outside of class on preparation and review (including for assignments), as specified by the Tokyo Institute of Technology Rules on Undergraduate Learning (東京工業大学学修規程) and the Tokyo Institute of Technology Rules on Graduate Learning (東京工業大学大学院学修規程), for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Materials will be provided if they are required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Materials will be provided if they are required.

Assessment criteria and methods

The performance of the machines made by students, presentations on their machines, and the results of the contest will be used for the assessment of students’ knowledge on fundamentals of the design processes, and their creativeness.

Related courses

  • SCE.S201 : Essentials for Design of Mechatronic Systems
  • LAS.P101 : Fundamentals of Mechanics 1
  • LAS.P102 : Fundamentals of Mechanics 2
  • SCE.P301 : Creative System Project

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

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