Here is a general layout of the Fall 2016 semester schedule. You have 12 weeks from today (09/21/2016) to get a working prototype built, 3 presentations, and a final report done!
Please note, if any sub-team needs to work in the shop on days besides normal class time, please do not hesitate to send me an email in advance!
As you can see below, a lot of the Wednesday class meetings will be used for presentations, seminar, and a day off before Thanksgiving & on 11/09/2016 for an instructors meeting (I am verifying now).
Remember that this semester consist of designing, ordering rapid prototyping material, rapid prototyping, testing your rapid prototype, making design changes if needed, ordering professional manufacturing assistance / prototype parts, building your prototype, testing your prototype, and showcasing your prototype, along with presentations and a final report!
Please note: Individual & Team blogs are both due every Wednesday @ 10:30 am, and are worth points.
Last note: The below schedule is a general outline of where all sub-teams should be in their work. This is a tentative schedule, yet should be followed as good as possible to be successful for the Fall 2016 semester.
09/18/2016 - 09/24/2016 - Continue design work for your sub-team
09/25/2016 - 10/01/2016 - Presentation 1 wave 1. Continue design work for your sub-team (Not a bad time to begin thinking of what materials your sub-team will need to rapid prototype)
10/02/2016 - 10/08/2016 - Presentation 1 wave 2. Continue design work for your sub-team, run FEA simulations or similar. (Ordering / Purchasing parts for rapid prototyping should happen here! NOTE: Please use in-shop materials before considering purchasing parts for other companies)
10/09/2016 - 10/15/2016 - Seminar: Meet @ E189 to begin with, then head over to the shop' when you are done there. Finalize design work, run FEA simulations or similar. Begin building rapid prototype / testing rapid prototype if you are at this point in your work.
10/16/2016 - 10/22/2016 - Continue building rapid prototype, test rapid prototype. Sub-teams should begin building a Bill of Materials for their actual prototype. Please note: some shipments may take longer than expected when ordering parts for your actual prototype, so plan ahead for this issue! If manufacturing work needs to be completed, reach out to companies in advance as lead times can be long!!! Order parts for actual prototype if ready!! FYI: It is also a possibility to reach out to local companies and ask for sponsorship, it has happened in the past years.
10/23/2016 - 10/29/2016 - Presentation 2 wave 1. Rapid prototypes should be close to built, testing rapid prototypes should continue here. Take detailed notes of successes / failures of rapid prototype and make design changes if needed and rerun FEA simulations or similar. Order parts for actual prototype!!
10/30/2016 - 11/05/2016 - Presentation 2 wave 2. All sub-teams should have ordered all parts for prototypes. Continue making design changes if needed, otherwise begin building prototypes.
11/06/2016 - 11/12/2016 - Instructors meeting (No class it seems, I will double check this) - Continue building prototypes.
11/13/2016 - /11/19/2016 - Continue building prototypes. Not a bad idea to begin working on Final Report ahead of time.
11/20/2016 - 11/26/2016 - Day before Thanksgiving (No class, but individual / team blogs due @ 10:30 am) - Prototypes should be close to being finished here! Testing should be underway as well.
11/27/2016 - 12/03/2016 - Presentation 3 wave 1. Fall 2016 prototype should be finalized here, meaning almost done with work and tested.
12/04/2016 - 12/10/2016 - Presentation 3 wave 2. Last week to work in shop! Fall 2016 prototype should be fully tested and functional here. Demonstration Week??? (to be clarified)
12/15/2016 - Final Project Report Due @ 12:15 PM