Mechanical Engineering Department
BS in Mechanical Engineering
Our group was presented with a challenge to design an automated machine to replace Micro-Vu’s current manual pressing operation. We moved, planned, and scheduled our tasks for the three quarters we will be working on this project by using a Gantt chart. In designing the machine, we generated concepts and used analysis and prototyping to select the most promising ones. Our final design uses a pneumatic press to press the parts, and it includes magazines to hold the parts before pressing, pneumatic actuators to move the parts to and from the pressing location, and a lever to separate the defective parts from the parts within tolerance after they have been pressed. The electrical, pneumatic, and mechanical components of the machine are described, and part drawings and specifications are provided.