Postprint version. Published in Proceedings from the 31st ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference: Reno, NV, October 10, 2001.
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NOTE: At the time of publication, the author John Chen was not yet affiliated with Cal Poly.
The purpose of this project was to design, build and test a low cost prototype that transfers compact discs (CDs) from a spindle to a computer based testing station. This will speed up the CD production/testing interface and eliminate the need for manual operation. Along with a heavy product design technical component, the project included a real life educational experience for the four students who got credit for a one year advanced senior project. Various designs were considered and the optimal design (based on cost and performance) was prototyped.