Project to design a universal joint that could perform assigned operations, through which many design principles were developed.
Freedom was given to produce any joint that was able to:
- Be mounted between two frames and connected via a rod.
- One side would require translating up and down a frame.
- Both joints would rotate whilst translation was ongoing.
- Both frames would need to be fixed at a set distance during movement.
- Select appropriate bearings from UK manufacturers.
- Sketches were roughly made to visualise operation and understand how fixed distance will be kept
- Quick trigonometric calculations were made to understand the space which the joint will be travelling through and how this would effect the design.
- Rough sketches of parts were developed and geometry of these finalised
- Duplicate parts were produced to reduce design and manufacture cost and maintain simplicity of design.
- Sketches were taken into SolidWorks
- Engineering drawings were made highlighting correct GD&Ts
After the main design stage was completed an animation was developed of the system in operation.
Rapid prototyping of parts were produced using a 3D printer. These were assembled and tested that they performed properly.
- Built on design principles and appropriate good practices.
- Became familiar with appropriate GD&Ts and how these effect manufacturing methods, speed and cost of manufacture.
- Developed an understanding of product development, particularly taking this from an idea to product.
- Introduction to rapid prototyping