Progress Report, Week 3: September 27th
This week we took our completed QFD and modified the customer needs and technical requirements. We looked more deeply into what those needs and requirements imply. This is important especially for the technical requirements, which need to have specific ranges our design would ideally meet, based on the location of the designed mechanism and its degree of use. We now have those ideal technical ranges as well as specific facts regarding the various environments in which our device is intended to be used.
During class on Monday we were scheduled to present our preliminary work the following week. At our meeting on Tuesday we chose the presenters, outlined the presentation and began going through the project details to ensure all group members were on the same page and in agreement about the content.
We are continuing to pursue complete solutions to our three proposed designs by looking into the literature as well as different materials commercially available. By the end of next week we should have at least outlined plans for theoretical testing for each solution (ex: will this material physically perform in the predicted way) so we can begin forming theoretical proofs of principles; this will not only allow us to more accurately compare the weighted results of each design from the QFD, but will also alert us to any major design flaws that need attention.