Introduction: There are many ways to solve a problem. Sometimes it is as simple as applying a piece of duct tape. Other times it takes months or years for a product to progress from an idea into full-scale production. Often engineers and designers use a specific set of steps (sometimes called a design process) to find the best solution to a problem.
In this activity your team will act as designers in a company that will be at a trade-show. Your task is to create an attractive cookie cutter design that will be a marketing giveaway item for potential customers to remember your company by. A design process that progresses from brainstorming to presenting a final design will be used and documented. Each member of the team will have a product to present to the company executives for final approval.
Laptop computer with Inventor
Using only the materials provided, design and 3D print a cookie cutter or key chain that can be used as a marketing give away for your created company name and logo.
Brainstorm - Sketch a minimum of three thumbnail sketches of your ideas in your Engineering notebook. The more ideas you generate the better. You may research examples from the internet but you cannot copy anything directly.
Select A Solution - Sketch an annotated a solution in your Engineering notebook. The design needs to be such that it can be transferred into Inventor and made into an STL file. All changes from your design idea to the actual 3D model need to be documented.
Construct & Test - Load your file into the appropriate software on the computer attached to the 3D printer you are using and print the file. Once your Cookie Cutter has been printed, have your instructor check it off and bring it home for testing. At home testing should be documented with at least one digital photo that should be printed and attached into your Engineering Notebook.