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Manufacturability of Design Award

Here is a neat award idea (or perhaps off season white paper competition) based on translating students knowledge in designing FIRST robots into lean manufacturing experience.

It is very critical that students not only know how to design parts and assemblies, but also understand how they will be produced on a larger scale. Ideally that larger scale production would be as lean as possible.

So here is the background for the award / white paper competition:

Your robotics team is an engineering firm. You spent 6.5 weeks designing, and prototyping a robot. All for the release of your pilot robot (your competition robot), so now its time to review that pilot. Other awards already review its functionality, and style, but this award reviews the firms plan to take their pilot, and scale it into a production unit.

Teams will have a presentation where they will have to answer two questions

"If you were to go across the street and open a factory to produce X amount of your robot per week. What would that factory look like?"

"How did you work in design for manufacturing and assembly principles into the final design of your robot?"

Thoughts? I think it would be neat to just start this off as a white paper competition. I can't really offer much to the winner other than a 3d printed trophy.
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Re: Manufacturability of Design Award

Huh. This is interesting. I think I'd be interested in seeing this at least piloted at some off-season competition in the fall.
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Re: Manufacturability of Design Award

Good luck with this, but making it an extension of the FRC build and competition seems a bridge too far. The games are so contrived it's difficult to come up with enough customers to figure a price point, or a number of units to be produced per month. There are a number of other things we'd have to do differently: CAW exceptions, maintenance, durability, and likely many more.
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Re: Manufacturability of Design Award

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Good luck with this, but making it an extension of the FRC build and competition seems a bridge too far. The games are so contrived it's difficult to come up with enough customers to figure a price point, or a number of units to be produced per month. There are a number of other things we'd have to do differently: CAW exceptions, maintenance, durability, and likely many more.
On the other hand, you could contrive some of that data too.

Just to throw out some numbers: Customer X wants 5000 units. Figure out price point, actual cost (including all labor at market rates), production area...


You know, I do think that FRC is a little weak on the Industrial Engineering side... this might be a good idea for one of the peer awards Frank's mentioned.
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Re: Manufacturability of Design Award

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Good luck with this, but making it an extension of the FRC build and competition seems a bridge too far. The games are so contrived it's difficult to come up with enough customers to figure a price point, or a number of units to be produced per month. There are a number of other things we'd have to do differently: CAW exceptions, maintenance, durability, and likely many more.
I disagree, I think you play the competition as is. That is what constrains what your product is. This is just another layer on top that gets students thinking about industrial and manufacturing engineering.
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Re: Manufacturability of Design Award

I think that the concept of a white-paper based award is excellent, and gives teams a chance to think about how the design process is directly relevant to the manufacturing process from an economic standpoint. Part of FIRST's current issue is that the work done by teams has little to no direct relevance to real-world production. This could be a way of bridging that gap.
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