Design Competition 2020: Package dolly
The design project for the first-year Mechanical Engineering started in February 2020. About 88 teams of approximately 6 students were challenged to design a 'package dog' in competition with each other, capable of transporting a package of approximately 10 kg over various obstacles. The package dog must offer a solution for the delivery of increasingly heavier packages. The amount of parcel post has increased enormously in recent times, and the current corona crisis only adds to this.
No physical competition, but digital design
Unfortunately, due to the corona crisis, quite a few adjustments were needed to the project and the competition. Instead of manufacturing their design in the workshop, students were asked to further elaborate their design digitally and to analyze it using simulations. This was done with 3D CAD design software SolidWorks. Teachers provided online guidance. Based on the first production drawings, ten designs were selected to be made by employees of the workshop at the faculty. The production in the workshop was filmed so that all first-year Mechanical Engineering students could reflect on their own design work.
All student groups had to submit a video of their design simulation to participate in the competition. The simulation had to show all necessary functions for a good design performance clearly and realistically. On June 17, 2020, all videos were watched and reviewed by project teachers and a number of industry judges at an online live event involving nearly 500 freshmen from home.
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