Presentation Title

Using Reverse Engineering and Functional Analysis to Improve Ergonomics of Handheld Sports Equipment

Faculty Mentor

Sagil James

Start Date

23-11-2019 8:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 8:45 AM

Location

149

Session

poster 1

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

engineering_computer_science

Abstract

Sports equipment plays an essential role in the lives of athletes. Sports equipment manufacturers are required to continually improve the performance of their products to stay in the market. However, most often, these technologies are geared specifically for performance without paying attention to the health and safety aspects of the user. Today, there is an increased need for sports equipment to address the issue of athlete’s safety, fitness, and well-being. The goal of this project is to analyze the designs of different sports equipment to improve their ergonomics, injury-prevention capability, and stress-reduction features while maintaining high-performance levels. The study analyzes a series of sports equipment, including baseball bat, golf club, tennis racquet, and other similar equipment. The study involves rigorous design process including iterative designing, regenerative designing, and design for manufacturing. The design process considers a wide variety of design configurations including user-friendly, lightweight materials, flexible, and reconfigurable designs. Each design is subsequently prototyped using 3D printing technique, followed by performance testing. Testing considers the aspects of safety, ergonomics, cost, and quality. Further, aerodynamic analysis of the sports equipment is performed to provide useful recommendations for developing advanced sports equipment. The preliminary results of the study showed that the process of design analysis helps to improve the ergonomics of handheld sports equipment significantly. The 3D printing process helps custom-built the parts at a considerably low cost.

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Using Reverse Engineering and Functional Analysis to Improve Ergonomics of Handheld Sports Equipment

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Sports equipment plays an essential role in the lives of athletes. Sports equipment manufacturers are required to continually improve the performance of their products to stay in the market. However, most often, these technologies are geared specifically for performance without paying attention to the health and safety aspects of the user. Today, there is an increased need for sports equipment to address the issue of athlete’s safety, fitness, and well-being. The goal of this project is to analyze the designs of different sports equipment to improve their ergonomics, injury-prevention capability, and stress-reduction features while maintaining high-performance levels. The study analyzes a series of sports equipment, including baseball bat, golf club, tennis racquet, and other similar equipment. The study involves rigorous design process including iterative designing, regenerative designing, and design for manufacturing. The design process considers a wide variety of design configurations including user-friendly, lightweight materials, flexible, and reconfigurable designs. Each design is subsequently prototyped using 3D printing technique, followed by performance testing. Testing considers the aspects of safety, ergonomics, cost, and quality. Further, aerodynamic analysis of the sports equipment is performed to provide useful recommendations for developing advanced sports equipment. The preliminary results of the study showed that the process of design analysis helps to improve the ergonomics of handheld sports equipment significantly. The 3D printing process helps custom-built the parts at a considerably low cost.