Creating a component selection resource for undergraduate design teaching

Jeff Barrie, Stephen Culley

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Abstract

Within the industrial setting, it will be quite normal to find company best practices in place, a list of
approved suppliers and perhaps CAD models of standard components configured through a PLM
(Product Lifecycle Management) or MDAC (Microsoft Data Access Components) system. However,
an academic environment may not be so bespoke and rigorous. Undergraduates can sometimes feel
overwhelmed by the breadth of information available to them; they do not have the industrial
knowledge or experience to disseminate appropriate information. This can be the case when students
are asked to specify and integrate 'bought in' components, such as bearings and springs, for design
projects of whatever level. Many would rely on on-line search engines like Google or Bing, however
this process can lead to confusion and fruitless searches. A design engineer in industry would obtain
this information using similar techniques, but in a more controlled and thoughtful manner. This paper
describes some of the research conducted and implementations put in place, by the Department of
Mechanical Engineering at the University of Bath, to support and address this issue for undergraduate
design projects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign Education for Future Wellbeing
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Artesis University College, Antwerp, Belgium 6th-7th September 2012
EditorsLyndon Buck, Geert Frateur, William Ion, Chris McMahon, Chris Baelus, Guido De Grande, Stijn Verwulgen
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherDesign Society
Pages199-204
ISBN (Print)9781904670360
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventInternational Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education - Artesis University College, Antwerp, Belgium
Duration: 5 Sep 20126 Sep 2012

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education
CountryBelgium
CityArtesis University College, Antwerp
Period5/09/126/09/12

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    Barrie, J., & Culley, S. (2012). Creating a component selection resource for undergraduate design teaching. In L. Buck, G. Frateur, W. Ion, C. McMahon, C. Baelus, G. De Grande, & S. Verwulgen (Eds.), Design Education for Future Wellbeing: Proceedings of the 14th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Artesis University College, Antwerp, Belgium 6th-7th September 2012 (pp. 199-204). Design Society.