Presentation Title

Study on the Application of Generative Design Process and 3D Printing on Personal Transportation Devices

Faculty Mentor

Sagil James

Start Date

23-11-2019 8:45 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 9:30 AM

Location

166

Session

poster 2

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

engineering_computer_science

Abstract

Personal transportation devices are simple devices used for transportation purposes much preferred by the younger generations, notably the college students. These devices have a unique role among the various modes of transportation which is to enable quick and easy transport during the last part of the commute. These include bikes, skateboards, scooters, hoverboards, onewheels etc. However, the currently available products in the market suffer from several limitations, including high cost, less durability, large size and weight, which prohibits its widespread use among campus communities. Part of the reason for these limitations can be attributed to its design limitations, material expense, cost-intensive traditional manufacturing techniques, and the associated labor costs. Modern technologies such as 3D printing help in reducing the manufacturing steps significantly. Also, generative design is a recent trend in design explorations for various engineering problems. The goal of this project is to explore the possibilities of using the concepts of generative design combined with 3D printing technology to re-design and fabricate customized and affordable personal transportation devices. The project involves extensive use of generative design software – Autodesk Netfabb to generate design alternatives and explore possible design combinations. Various aspects of product design is considered including design quality, durability, longer operating life, and easy disassembly and quick repair in the event of failure. Testing would consider the aspects of safety, controllability, and quality. The outcomes of this project are expected to ensure a smooth and economical way of manufacturing personal transportation devices while minimizing the material cost, reducing the number of components, and optimizing the design for energy-efficient manufacturing.

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Study on the Application of Generative Design Process and 3D Printing on Personal Transportation Devices

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Personal transportation devices are simple devices used for transportation purposes much preferred by the younger generations, notably the college students. These devices have a unique role among the various modes of transportation which is to enable quick and easy transport during the last part of the commute. These include bikes, skateboards, scooters, hoverboards, onewheels etc. However, the currently available products in the market suffer from several limitations, including high cost, less durability, large size and weight, which prohibits its widespread use among campus communities. Part of the reason for these limitations can be attributed to its design limitations, material expense, cost-intensive traditional manufacturing techniques, and the associated labor costs. Modern technologies such as 3D printing help in reducing the manufacturing steps significantly. Also, generative design is a recent trend in design explorations for various engineering problems. The goal of this project is to explore the possibilities of using the concepts of generative design combined with 3D printing technology to re-design and fabricate customized and affordable personal transportation devices. The project involves extensive use of generative design software – Autodesk Netfabb to generate design alternatives and explore possible design combinations. Various aspects of product design is considered including design quality, durability, longer operating life, and easy disassembly and quick repair in the event of failure. Testing would consider the aspects of safety, controllability, and quality. The outcomes of this project are expected to ensure a smooth and economical way of manufacturing personal transportation devices while minimizing the material cost, reducing the number of components, and optimizing the design for energy-efficient manufacturing.