Manufacturing Engineering (2nd)

These projects are at the endpoint of a two-semester sequence. They are functionally complete.

M2.01 - NXP El Mandadero

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Sponsor: NXP - Iain Galloway 

Student Team: Oscar Garza, Connor Good, Eric Reyes, Cathryn Tamney

Faculty Advisor: Mark Summers

Our team is working to help improve or justify the mechanics used on three parts of the El Mandadero, grocery delivery robot. First, our team will look into different ways to create a bumper that helps the rover to avoid collision and reduce damage. Second the team will work on the best way to create a secure, yet easy to use latch for the compartment doors. Finally, the team will evaluate different suspension ideas and compare them to the current torsion suspension to determine what is best.

M2.03 - Drone Pre-Flight Diagnostics and Drone Recovery System

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Sponsor: Airogistic

Student Team: Katherine Ausanka, Jordan Smesny, James Smetzer, Victor Ekwuribe, Stephen Marines, Sergio Sepulveda, Nathaniel Lazaga

Faculty Advisor: Mr. Mark Summers

UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) are becoming more prevalent as new technology emerges and it is critical to have an autonomous diagnostic system in place to ensure safe flying. The first part of the project will work with electrical and industrial engineering students to develop autonomous diagnostic systems for a drone landing pad. This includes a sensor actuator (temperature, RPM, and audio sensors), frame stabilization, and force sensor coupling. The second part of the project is to work with electrical engineering students on a drone recovery rover which will autonomously retrieve fallen drones during flight assessments in a drone dome testing facility. This includes a robotic arm, racer drone cage, solutions for tires and suspension, and multiple component mounts. 

M2.04 - 31 Degrees Beverage Dispenser

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Sponsor: Mr. Wes Lange, Dr. Patrick Thomas

Student Team: Clint Walker, Nicholas Grames, Austin Woods

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Patrick Thomas

31 Degrees owns a fleet of margarita dispensing machines and margarita mix holding tanks. This multidisciplinary project will make an iOS app with an operational dashboard that shows information about how full each tank is in real time, along with more data. To retrieve this data, the teams will make a weight scale and convert the weight of the tank into number of gallons, and then into how full the tank is in percent. The Manufacturing Sub-Team is primarily responsible for designing, prototyping, and fabricating an enclosure to be used for housing the circuitry of the scale, as well as any brackets or supports to ensure that the electrical components are secured within the enclosure. The manufacturing team is also responsible for designing a quick-disconnect temperature sensor port in a representative tank. 

M2.05 - HE Solar


Sponsor: HE Solar

Student Team: Cameron Ogilvie, Shelby Sereno, Steven Martinez

Faculty Advisor: Mr. Mark Summers

The HE Solar panel is a dual axis tracking system that will be able to know the position of the sun for any given time and orient itself to face the sun using a hydraulic drive system. The main goal of this project is to give the dual axis tracking system, or the HE Solar panel, a more optimal and smooth mobility. We are proposing to accomplish this by perfecting the tilt and azimuth of the HE Solar panel. We plan to also make the HE Solar panel more stable by adding wheels on the four corners of the frame.