GUIDE FOR PREPARATION OF TEAM DESIGN PROJECT DOCUMENTATION (5/1/2012)

                Team Design Projects, BMEN 4030-4040

The grade for team design is based primarily on four things:
1) Design concept, planning, progress, and reporting;
2) Properties and performance of the product at the Design Show;
3) Properties and performance at the time of and after delivery;
and 4) Quality of the documentation.

The documentation, other than progress reports, consists of five
parts:  the Flyer, the Lay Summary, the 1-page Technical Summary,
the Operation and Safety Manual, and the Design and Analysis
Report.

Print and submit this  checklist as a
cover page for the documents below.

BLURB (Show Flyer)
     The Blurb is a one-page work of art that contains text
and/or figures, like a flyer or magazine advertisement.  The
purpose is to sell your device to the public.  The Blurb should
include Product Name, Company, product description and an
enthusiastic list of its exemplary features (and a safety caution
if it is warranted).

     [The following two sections are requirements of the
     federal agency that publishes the Annual Review of the
     Undergraduate Bioengineering Design Projects to Aid the
     Disabled.  This review is compiled from camera-ready
     two-page reports of the participants.  In order to
     ensure uniform appearance of Tulane's chapter, we will
     merge the reports and print them.  Please supply text
     (ASCII) as well as editable *.doc versions on the CD 
     along with hard copies of your parts.]

LAY and TECH SUMMARIES

These are required by NSF and should adhere to its instructions.
Letter from the editor and official instructions and example.
LAY SUMMAEY (Follow the official instructions above.)
This is a non-technical description of the project and is the first page of the two-page report. It contains the following items: 1. Students' Names; therapists names and titles 2. Professor's name who supervised the project 3. Departmental Address 4. Black & white photograph or drawing of the device + GIF 5. Brief description of the project in layman's terms 6. Brief description of how this project has improved the quality of life of the disabled person. This statement should be supplied by the education or health care specialist who supervises care and treatment of the disabled person. TECHNICAL SUMMARY (Follow the official instructions above.) This report is a continuation of the two-page report. It contains the following: 1. Technical description of the system, device, or device modification. Discuss parts or subassemblies only if they are of such a special nature that the project could not be fabricated without knowing the exact nature of the part or subassembly. 2. An approximate cost of the project. This should be the real total cost of parts and supplies excluding personnel costs. OPERATION AND SAFETY MANUAL This manual is to be given to the final user (in this case, the child's family) with the product. Complexity and readability should be kept to appropriate levels. It should have as a minimum: Description and purpose of product or device. This includes specifications such as external dimensions, weight, etc. Description of the special features that make the product different from similar products. Instructions for operating the device or using the product. What to do in case of trouble. Routine care and maintenance. Safety precautions!!! DESIGN AND ANALYSIS REPORT This is a coherent presentation of the design and potential of the product. The audience is the engineering management of the "company" for which you work. You are expected to draw heavily from the special and periodic reports that your team has submitted previously. Suggested organization for this report follows. All named sections must appear. Cover sheet/title page - Team name, member names, title, etc. Table of Contents showing page numbers of named sections Introduction - Short description of the problem and the project. Background - Alternative approaches and special considerations. Design Concept - Description and discussion of teams general solution to the problem. Design - Description of the product including drawings, engineering calculations of critical values such as strength, stability, etc. You may defer to the appendices, vide infra, for complete details. Cost Analysis - Report a) Total work-hours spend on development and construction of prototype. b) Total money spent on project. c) Estimate of time and money for reworking prototype into a more useful product. d) Cost by money and work-hours for producing duplicate devices, per each, for quantities less than 5. Analysis of Performance SHOW: This is a narrative of design show performance including comparative analysis of competing designs. Include suggested design changes, etc. Pay particular attention to judge comment. (Your team has submitted an analysis of the judge scores for the design show. Be sure to include that as an listed electronic file) For this section, as a minimum, answer the following questions: What did you learn from the design show: a) personal lessons and observation (e.g. in your preparation for and presentation at the show what worked, what didn't, and what would you change if you had a chance to do it over? Why?) b) things lacking ( e.g. what do you wish you could have known before the show? What advice or instructions or other support from the instructional staff would have helped you for the show?) c) interaction with the judges and audience (e.g. In your conversation with the show participants, what did you learn? Include facts, opinions, observations, bias on the part of the reviewers, etc.? explain why.) d) take-away lessons (e.g. How was your design or your design approach changed by your experiences at the design show? What did you do differently? What remained the same, but was validated by the design show interchange? Why? e) What advice would you give to i) Future senior designers? ii) Instructors and staff and TAs regarding the show? iii) The judges on how to better evaluate your work? CLIENT: How well does the device or system work in its intended location? Include an evaluation of what needs were met, how well they were met, and what needs were not met (either by plan or by device inadequacy). Summary and Recommendations This is what the "boss" needs to know in 5 minutes or less if the decision must be made to end, change, or continue product development or production. APPENDICES These, taken together, shall provide enough information for another senior or a machinist/mechanic to replicate your device. Appendix I. Complete drawings for parts to be made. Appendix II. Complete list of all parts, ranging from nuts and bolts to the largest preassembly. For premanufactured parts include vendor, part numbers, and prices. Appendix III. Assembly and adjustment instructions. Appendix IV. Originals of all package inserts and instructions that came with premanufactured parts, assemblies, and devices. Appendix V. Team logbook.