Creative flair is an essential quality for scientists and engineers to bring forth new technologies and inventions. This course is designed to give students a practical opportunity to develop their creative and technological skills as well as to work with their hands. “Monotsukuri” is a commonly used term in Japanese, and its meaning is close to “craft and design” in English. This is a two-week summer intensive course offered by the Collaboration Center for Design and Manufacturing. Students work in groups of three to five to carry out a project concerned with the design and fabrication of a Stirling engine and an electronic tachometer. Through lectures and workshop experience, the course enables students to understand and acquire fundamental skills necessary to operate basic mechanical and electrical tools and equipment. Additionally, a group presentation given at the end of the course enables students to develop communication skills.
This course familiarizes students with the basic process of designing and fabricating a product and its components, while working as a member of a project group. Through carrying out the project, the students will not only experience the satisfaction of solving practical problems, but will gain an overall understanding of the stages involved in project management (i.e., planning, scheduling, and control). The course also encourages students to develop critical thinking and communication skills.
By the end of this course, students will:
1. Have acquired fundamental skills of machining
2. Be able to write simple programs for microcomputers and will have acquired fundamental skills to operate basic electrical tools
3. Have gained experience in project management involving planning, scheduling, and control
4. Have developed communication and presentation skills
Monotsukuri, craft and design, Stirling engine, electronic tachometer, machining, electronic work, group work
|✔ Specialist skills||Intercultural skills||✔ Communication skills||✔ Critical thinking skills||✔ Practical and/or problem-solving skills|
Students can register for this course at the Collaboration Center for Design and Manufacturing during 1Q and 2Q. At the beginning of the course, lectures on the course objectives, workshop safety, and principles of the Stirling engine and electronic tachometer are given. Students then get to work on the project — making a Stirling engine and an electronic tachometer — in groups of three to five. At the end of the course, students give a presentation on their achievements.
|Course schedule||Required learning|
|Class 1||Introductory lecture on course objectives and workshop safety||Understand the course objectives.|
|Class 2||"Overview of 3D CAD system - Introduction to CAD"||Understand the 3D CAD system.|
|Class 3||"Overview of 3D CAD system - Design practice using a simple model"||Acquire operation skills of the 3D CAD system.|
|Class 4||"Lecture on electronic tachometer - principles of an electronic tachometer - how to detect rotation - programming, and implementation "||Understand the principles of electronic tachometers and acquire programming skills.|
|Class 5||Safety training in machining||Understand the basics of machining equipment.|
|Class 6||"Practice machining - Proper use of drilling machine, milling machine, and lathe"||Acquire operation skills of the drilling machine, milling machine, and lathe.|
|Class 7||"Lecture on Stirling engine - Historical background and operating principles - Thermodynamics"||Understand the principles of Stirling engines and explain the operation mechanism.|
|Class 8||"Machining process (1) - Workflow analysis"||Understand the workflow to make a Stirling engine and an electronic tachometer.|
|Class 9||"Machining process (2) - Order of work and assembly"||Explain the work order and the assembling order of the objects.|
|Class 10||"Scheduling - Decide on what components to fabricate - Scheduling"||Explain the schedule of your workflow.|
|Class 11||Machining, 3D CAD and printing, electronic work (1)||Acquire mechanical and electronics skills.|
|Class 12||Machining, 3D CAD and printing, electronic work (2)||Understand the course objectives.|
|Class 13||Machining, 3D CAD and printing, electronic work (3)||Understand the course objectives.|
|Class 14||Machining, 3D CAD and printing, electronic work (4)||Understand the course objectives.|
|Class 15||Machining, 3D CAD and printing, electronic work (5)||Understand the course objectives.|
|Class 16||Machining, 3D CAD and printing, electronic work (6)||Understand the course objectives.|
|Class 17||Machining, 3D CAD and printing, electronic work (7)||Understand the course objectives.|
|Class 18||Machining, 3D CAD and printing, electronic work (8)||Understand the course objectives.|
|Class 19||Machining, 3D CAD and printing, electronic work (9)||Understand the course objectives.|
|Class 20||Assembly and adjustments (1)||Understand how to assemble multiple components into one system. Is it easy or not?|
|Class 21||"Assembly and adjustments (2) - Final adjustments"||Understand the importance of final adjustments to complete a system|
|Class 22||Preparation for presentation||Acquire presentation and communication skills.|
|Class 23||Contests and presentations||Acquire presentation and communication skills.|
Instruction manuals and course materials are provided during class.
The levels of attainment of student learning outcomes 1–3 (machining skills, electronic work skills, and quality of the final products): 80%
The level of attainment of student learning outcome 4 (presentation skills, presentation materials, and performance in the question and answer session): 20%
This is a two-week summer intensive course. Since the major part of this course involves workshop-based group work, students are required to attend all classes.