For the "flagship" engineering class my group, Divya Gunasekaran, Elizabeth Klinger, Alannah Linkhorn, Pavel Sotskov, and myself, designed and built a self-cleaning drain. It was a small device that would retrofit in your shower drain and was foot powered to help clear clogged drains. By the end of the course we had a working, tested prototype.
My goals for the class on the outset were: to learn some machining and SolidWorks --- basically an engineering experience outside of electronics and computer engineering. That happened, along with some fun design stuff and a lot of report writing and gantt charting.
My contributions to the project were:
- SolidWorks design
- rapid prototyping (Object Eden)
- some lathe and milling machining work
Here is our final presentation
Some of my initial brainstorming sketches:
Annotated SolidWorks concept:
SolidWorks Templates for milling:
Rapid prototype pieces: