Engineering Design Project

This course exposes students to the entire design process by providing them with an opportunity to design and manufacture their own, unique and functional, pneumatic piston engine. In doing so, they will need to understand and incorporate the specifications, manufacturing limitations and time constraints imposed on them while simultaneously designing, calculating, modeling, detailing, sourcing, manufacturing, assembling, testing, analysing, documenting and presenting their final design. In doing so, students will work in the multiple roles of project engineer, design engineer, drafter, cost estimator, purchaser, assembly technician and test engineer in order to give them a holistic view of the design process. Students will manufacture their engine components using a variety of conventional machines (lathes, mills, etc.) as well as additive manufacturing (3D printing). In addition, since the success of their engine is solely dependant upon the quality of parts they make from their own detail drawings, this project effectively reinforces the need for quality drawings that are generated with a firm understanding of design standards, materials, fits, surface finishes, GD&T and drafting techniques in order to be successful.