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ME 181: Deliverables: A Mechanical Engineering Design Practicum

The goal of this course is to enable students to solve industry design challenges using modern mechanical design methods. Each week a new practical skill is introduced. These skills have been identified by recently graduated Stanford engineers as being critical to their work. Students then build their command of each skill by completing a simplified yet representative project and submitting deliverables similar to those required in industry. For example, students will learn about how to properly design parts with O-rings and then will be required to design a water-tight enclosure and submit CAD, mechanical drawings, and a bill of materials. Several of the classes feature recent Stanford graduates as guest lecturers. In addition to teaching applicable skills from their job and providing examples from industry, these engineers will also expose students to the range of responsibilities and daily activities that makeup professional mechanical design work. Prerequisites: ME203, ME103d and ME112 OR consent of instructor. Enrollment limited, students complete application on first day of class
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: ; Beach, D. (PI); Flynn, M. (PI)

ME 203: Design and Manufacturing

Integrated experience involving need finding, product definition, conceptual design, detail design, prototype manufacture, public presentation of outcomes, archiving and intrepreting the product realization process and its results. Presents an overview of manufacturing processes crucial to the practice of design. Corequisite: 103D or CAD experience. Recommended: 101.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr | Units: 4 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

ME 203X: Prototyping and Process Capture

Concepts and methods for low resolution prototyping as an integral activity in engineering design process. Class meetings include presentations by faculty and design oriented exercises by students. Assignments will be Blog Posts. ME203X is designed to work in phase with ME203 and offers greater depth in protoyping strategy, technique, and resultant insights. Concurrent enrollment in ME203 is required. Enrollment is optional and capped at 6 students.
Terms: not given this year | Units: 1 | Grading: Satisfactory/No Credit

ME 205: Flexible Part Design

Project based course. Students design and fabricate tooling to create and refine elastomeric parts using RTV silicone rubber. Focus is on the development of elastomeric part design intuition through iteration. Fabrication techniques include manual/CNC machining and additive manufacturing, and molding liquid silicone. Prerequisites: ME203 or instructor consent. Recommended: ME318. Admission is by consent of the instructor. Class size limited to 10, must attend first lecture.
Terms: not given this year | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

ME 216A: Advanced Product Design: Needfinding

Human needs that lead to the conceptualization of future products, environments, systems, and services. Field work in public and private settings; appraisal of personal values; readings on social ethnographic issues; and needfinding for a corporate client. Emphasis is on developing the flexible thinking skills that enable the designer to navigate the future. Prerequisites for undergraduates: ME115A, ME115B and ME203, or consent of the instructor.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3-4 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
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