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Conceptualisation to materialisation

  1. Dec 2, 2012 #1
    did mechanical engineering..but all along i used to think that all we have done is solving problems with no approach to designing..books had published problems and we are required to make FBDs and arrive at answers..but i wonder how are these mechanicall systems actualy designed..whats the philosophy and concept behind a particular system.how did the designer actually materialise an abstract concept into a working mechanical system.can any one recommend any book which has full fledged examples of mechanical systems from conceptualisation to materialisation.?involving drwings,modelling,parametric modelling,etc to real time system prepared to be operated.
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  3. Dec 6, 2012 #2


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    polka129, Do these help?

    Design Specification Template
    Purpose of these Documents
    These documents describe how the system is to be built. They take the requirements [what the system will do] and translate them into a hardware and software design that can be built.
    Be sure to check out the “See also” section for much more information.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Specification_(technical_standard [Broken])

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  4. Dec 7, 2012 #3


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    Isn't engineering design required for ABET accreditation?

    In other words, a certain percentage of the courses require design, plus the program should require at least one major design project (and possibly more smaller design projects). My program had a two semester major group project, complete with both hardware and software engineering students, that had to design and produce a finish product within a limited budget (that could be modified if justified); plus smaller capstone projects; projects that required the paper design, but no product (freed up from the financial constraints of having to actually produce a product); plus many of the courses required design of at least one small project (either individually or group, depending on the difficulty).
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  5. Dec 7, 2012 #4


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    I tend to agree with BobG. You can't learn to design things by reading books. You have to actually do it, and learn from your mistakes - preferably in a controllled environment where the mistakes don't cost too much or kill too many people.

    But you can't design something unless you can analyze it, so a lot of time in an engineering course is necessarily spent learning how to do analysis.
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