ME30001 is our Mechanical Engineering module. It’s split into two sections in first semester – the first is more mathematical and the second is more practical, I’m going to talk about the seconded more hands on part.
For this project we were split up into our groups of Product Designers and Engineers and we were set the task to make a prototype application, using our knowledge from last year. But what’s new to this year is that we get to use rapid prototyping machines to actually make the body shell for our electronics.
Our idea is to make a football stadium that houses two seven segment displays and three switches. The switches control the scores and the displays… well, they obviously display the scores. The third switch in the circuit is a reset button to restart the game. For the prototype, we had to make the model on SoildWorks, a 3D CAD design software. Here are two pictures showing what it will look like:
The main circuit boards that the main components are mounted to are under and behind the shell. From there, they will run out the back and be connected to a micro controller. So far the project has been running quite smoothly, but that could all change as there is still the software programming to do which seems a bit of a handful.