- Parametric constraints & the design of cams
- Modeling cams and their motion in Autodesk
- Building the entire automata assembly in Autodesk
- Building the entire automata assembly in the makerspace
By combining the design and modeling strategies we’ve covered in this course we can design, develop, and build a functioning automata. This unit will have three main parts:
- STEP 1: Learn about parametric constraints in Autodesk and how they can create more robust sketches and models.
- STEP 2: Follow the engineering design process to design and model a functioning automata in Autodesk.
- STEP 3: Turn your 3D model into a functioning machine in the makerspace.
When you’re done with this unit, you will have gone through the entire engineering design process to create a functioning machine. The automata you’ll build can take on any form you’d like, and when it’s all finished you’ll have made your own machine!
PART 1: DESIGN & MODEL
(40 pts) About 3 days
Good mechanical engineers start with sketches and computer models. In this second part, you’ll design your automata, sketch it in your engineering notebook, and then build the parts and assembly in Autodesk. This will be the most complicated part of the entire unit, and you’ll need to be particularly careful as you create your assembly!
PART 2: BUILD IT
(40 pts) About 3 days
Once the model works in the computer, you can print diagrams of the key components and start building! You’ll take your plans and designs into the makerspace and assemble your automata. Once it functions properly, you can paint or decorate it to look cool and represent what you want!
Part 1: Design & ModelFollow the engineering design process to design and create a 3D model of your automata
GRADING & PROCESS
Watch the overview of the Automata design challenge and take a page of notes
Research and brainstorm possible automata, then create a concept sketch in your engineering notebook of what you want to build
Build the parts for your automata in Autodesk and assemble them by following the Automata Assembly tutorial
Have Mr. Benshoof confirm your documentation and Autodesk assembly
What’s Due In Part 2: Design & Model
- Automata Notes
- Autodesk Parts & Assembly
- Benshoof’s Check-off
- Watch and take notes on the Automata Overview
- Design and sketch your Automata plans in your engineering notebook
- Build the parts to your Automata and its assembly in Autodesk
- Benshoof’s check-off of your completed documentation and Autodesk assembly
PART 2: Build It!Build your automata in the makerspace!
GRADING & PROCESS
Make a written plan for the materials and tools you want to use to build your automata
Use the tools and materials available in the makerspace to build and decorate your automata!
Complete the written Automata Reflection
Have Mr. Benshoof confirm your Autodesk parts and final assembly.
What’s Due In Part 3: Build It!
- Written Plan
- Build It!
- Automata Reflection
- Mr. Benshoof’s Confirmation
- Make a written plan for the build of your automata
- Build your automata in the makerspace!
- Complete the written Automata Reflection in your engineering notebook
- Have Mr. Benshoof confirm your final automata and reflection
Double Check: Unit ExpectationsCheck what you need to have completed by the unit deadline
(Part 1) You should have taken some good notes on the automata overview
(Part 2) You should have made a written plan for how you want to build your automata
(Part 2) You should have completed your written automata reflection
Building & Making:
(Part 1) You should have sketched out your automata plans in your engineering notebook
(Part 1) You should have built the parts and assembly for your automata in Autodesk
(Part 2) You should have built your actual automata!
Checkpoints & Quizzes:
(Part 1) Mr. Benshoof should have confirmed your documentation and Autodesk assembly
(Part 2) Mr. Benshoof should have confirmed your automata and reflection