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Revised 1-08-14

ME 350 Design and Manufacturing II

Syllabus Winter 2014 Course Information
Lectures: Instructors:
Office: Phone: E-mail:

Sec 1: Tu, Th 3:00-4:30pm, Room 1610 IOE

Prof. David Remy 3100 GGB (734) 764-8797 Mike Umbriac 1107 GGB (734) 615-4244

Design Labs: Sec Day

2 3 4 5 6 Friday Friday Friday Friday Monday

8:30-10:30 2:30-4:30 12:30-2:30 10:30-12:30 12:00-2:00

185 EWRE 3427 EECS 1003 EECS 3427 EECS 185 EWRE

AP Corey Bertch Yang Xu Steve Hwang Greg Cass


NOTE: Lab sections in January will meet in the CAEN labs: EECS 2331 (Friday 10:30am section) and SRB 2230 (all other lab sections.)
Note: When sending an e-mail please put in the subject line ME350W14 so we can filter the message.

Office Hours:
The schedule of office hours is at This link is also posted on the home page of the ME350 CTools website. More office hours will be posted in times of heavy loads.

Course Objectives
The goal of this course is to give each student an understanding of the basic engineering principles behind mechanical and electromechanical machines and teach them how to integrate their engineering knowledge to synthesize and analyze simple mechanical systems and components. At the end of the course students should be able to do the following in either a team setting or individually: 1. 2. Identify standard mechanical components, mechanisms and electromechanical components/systems and explain how they work. Design (synthesize) a basic electro-mechanical system (linkages, motors, gears, bearings, sensor, controller etc.) to satisfy engineering requirements. Weigh tradeoffs in concept and detail design from the perspectives of function (including end user safety), manufacture, design effort and nature of a posed problem to select standard components from a catalog and/or design special mechanisms as needed, all while meeting government and industry standards. Derive models to analyze, evaluate and optimize the mechanical system. In particular, evaluate kinematic, static and dynamic performance of electro-mechanical systems using modeling, simulations and virtual prototyping methods. Prepare engineering drawings and manufacturing plans using appropriate materials and manufacturing processes based on geometry, loading and tolerances. Build and assemble electro-mechanical systems using standard machine shop tools (lathe, mill, laser cutter, drill, etc.) and electrical elements (solder, crimp, basic circuits, controllers). Test and evaluate simple machine systems and components for performance and failure behavior using physical and virtual tools. Critique and redesign mechanical systems and components for enhanced performance and reliability. Understand and practice mechanical and electrical safety in design, fabrication and testing. Communicate engineering designs and manufacturing plans orally and in writing.


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Course Format and Policies

Textbook and Materials
The required textbook and materials below are available for purchase at the Barnes and Noble bookstore in the Pierpont Commons. ME350 Textbook, Third Edition (ISBN 9781308051833) This is a special combined textbook from McGraw-Hill, using sections from Budynass Shigleys Mechanical Engineering Design, Ninth Edition and Alciatores Introduction to Mechatronics and Measurement Systems, Fourth edition. OR the following textbook (you can purchase a used copy): ME350 Textbook, Second Edition (ISBN 978-11215-98829) This textbook includes the chapters above, plus chapters from Nortons Design of Machinery, Fifth edition. Required materials: (2) plastic triangles (at any angle), a ruler, a protractor, a compass for drawing arcs of circles, and safety glasses.

You are expected to have (i) a basic working knowledge of elementary mechanics such as statics (e.g. ME211), dynamics (ME240) and strength of materials (co-requisite, ME382), (ii) basic machine shop skills (i.e., lathe, mill, drill, etc.) and (iii) working knowledge of SolidWorks.

Success in this course depends heavily on teamwork. Students will be assigned to groups that will work together on the project. Students can provide their team preferences by emailing their GSI by January 16th. The GSIs will assign teams, making their best effort to accommodate submitted team preferences. Final teams will be announced on January 23rd. Professional conduct is expected of all students. It is not unusual for teams to experience some conflict amongst team members during the semester. It is important is that the teams deal with this in a positive and constructive manner. Teams having problems working together should make every effort to resolve these issues as early as possible. The course instructor and GSIs will be available to help and facilitate smooth team operation.

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Design Labs
The design labs are two hours long and the format will vary for each. The focus of these design labs will be on the projects, software for modeling, and in-lab exercises. All projects will be tested and evaluated during the design labs. Since the projects are an integral part of the course, attendance at the design labs is required. In-lab exercises will include measurement of torque in linkage designs, mechatronics assignments, etc. The lab session will also be used for clarification of course material, problem solving, and questions on homework and exams. You must provide your own safety glasses.

Homework and Projects

Homework and project descriptions will be assigned in class and discussed in the design labs. Projects are to be completed by your class team and homework as individuals; however, cooperation between everyone in the class is encouraged. This is the time to learn. We will have an open solution manual policy which means that you can visit any instructor or GSI during their office hours, if you have already worked the problem, and see the final answer to the problem in their office or learning center. However, you are not allowed to possess, look at, use or in anyway derive advantage from the existence of solution prepared in prior years from former students work or copies of solutions that had been made available by other instructors. We want you to come see us in the office for the solution so we can help you directly. Violation of this policy will be considered violation of the honors policy and will be filed with the Honors Council. Penalties may be imposed on homeworks, project reports and exams for lack of neatness, legibility or clear organization of your work.

Late Homework
You get a total of two late-days (each granting you a 24h extension beyond the deadline) which you can use at your own discretion for homework over the course of the semester. If you submit the homework late, please indicate this on the first page. This does NOT apply to the projects. Late project assignments (Design Reports, etc.) will not be accepted.

There will be two exams given: one midterm (in-class) and one final exam (as per university schedule). Exams are to be completed individually. For each exam the students are required to sign the Honor Code in order for the exam to be graded. Since the course material builds upon previous material, all exams will be comprehensive. Exams will be closed book and closed notes. Make-up exams will be given only in exceptional cases (determined by the instructor). If you have a conflict with the exam day you must see the instructor 2 weeks BEFORE the exam day so that arrangements for a make-up exam may be made. Once the exam has started no make-up exams will be granted and the missed exam will receive a zero score.

Course Add/Drop Policy

This is an aggressive class with the expectation that each student contributes to the project starting from the first lab meeting. Because of this, students need to make a commitment to the course the first week. If a student wants to drop the class, they need to do this prior to January 17th and must withdraw their name from the teaming pool so they are not assigned a team. This deadline overrides any that are placed by the ME Academic Services Office or the Registrars Office. This deadline is

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dictated by project schedule. Any changes to the team composition after the above-specified date will jeopardize the teams progress. Please discuss any special cases with the instructors well ahead of time.

Email Policy
If you have any questions, please contact us via office hours, labs or email. If you email us, please email to the ME instructor email group The instructors will discuss it as a group and then reply to you through a direct email to you. This is to ensure a consistent answer across the class. Once a week we will send out an announcement through CTools to the full class on important issues. If you have a personal question that needs to be addressed by Professor Remy or Mike Umbriac, then please email them, putting ME350 in the subject heading of the email.

Machine Shop Use, Protocol, and Training

For the project, all students will use the GG Brown Machine Shop (run by Bob Coury) to build and assemble their hardware. Students are also allowed to use the water-jet cutting machine in the Auto Lab (run by Marv Cressey and Kent Pruss). Machine shop training is mandatory for every student before he/she is allowed to use either of the two facilities. USE OF ANY OTHER MACHINE SHOP EITHER WITHIN THE UNIVERSITY OR OUTSIDE IS PROHIBITED, AND CONSTITUTES A BREACH OF THE CLASS HONOR CODE. If you have any doubts or specific request, please talk to the GSIs or instructor. For the purpose of assembling and debugging their projects, students may use the machine shop and, if needed, the X50 Assembly Room (Room 1089 GGB). Projects are to be stored in the X50 Assembly Room or taken home. Training is mandatory for the students before they can start using the machine shop. Each student has to have completed four machine shop training modules in the GG Brown machine shop cutting/drilling, lathe, mill, and precision measurement. In most cases, a student would have already completed this training during ME250 at UM. However, if a student did not take ME250 at the UM and therefore needs ME250 training, they should sign up for this module as well. If you are not sure which training modules you are done with and which ones you need, go to the link below and scroll down to the bottom. If there are further questions, check with Bob Coury. To sign up for a training session please go to the following link:
The absolute last date by which you should have all your training done is January 24 (Friday). If you have not undergone the necessary training by this date, you may have to drop the class since you will no longer be able to work on the project, which constitutes a large part of the course grade. Also, note that there is no substitute for the training in the GG Brown machine shop. Any training in other machine shops within or outside the university is not acceptable. There are limited training sessions it is the students responsibility to sign up and complete these sessions in a timely manner. Incomplete machine shop training will not be accepted as an excuse for not completing your projects. The machine shop is a highly used resource in the department and shop time is very valuable.

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Missing a reserved machine shop time slot will be considered a serious offense. There will be a 5% penalty assessed to your team project for each two-hour machine shop slot missed. In addition, there will be a 2 point penalty (out of 100) applied to the final course grade total of the offending individual for every two-hour machine shop time slot missed. If missing machine shop slots becomes habitual, machine shop privileges will be revoked. Machine shop rules and protocols have to be followed at all times while accessing and working in the machine shops. Every student is required to read and understand these rules described in the document Machine Shop Rules posted on CTools. Failure to follow machine shop rules will result in temporary or permanent loss of shop privileges.

X50 Mechatronics Lab (GGB 1113) Access and Protocol

For the third module of the project, all students will make use of the X50 Mechatronics Lab (GGB1113). Students will have access to this lab during their regular lab hours in the second half of the semester. Extra hours request may be made to the GSIs. Students should always work in this lab under the supervision of the GSI or instructor. Detailed lab rules and instructions (including safety instructions) have been posted on CTools, and every student is required to read and understand these rules. Failure to follow lab rules will result in temporary or permanent loss of lab privileges.

Modeling and Simulation Tools

This course will utilize Matlab, SolidWorks, ADAMS and LINCAGES to model, simulate and design mechanical and electromechanical systems. Tutorials and training material will be provided. All computers in the CAEN labs have the latest versions of these software packages. Throughout the semester, if you have questions about using the software packages for the course, please direct the questions to the posted staff members.

Course Website
An ME350 W14 CTools site has been set up for this course, and all students currently enrolled and on waiting list have been given access. If you drop this course and would like to be removed from this site, please send an email to the instructor or GSI. All course material (lectures, lab exercises, handouts, manuals, datasheets, tutorials, etc.) will be posted on this site. Students are expected to visit this site frequently to stay up to date with the course material and any pertinent announcements.

Class Attendance and Participation:

Attendance in ALL lectures, recitations and labs are mandatory and class participation is strongly encouraged. The course schedule does not permit any make-up sessions for a missed lecture/recitation/lab. In case of an emergency, please notify the instructor(s) or GSI in advance. Student feedback is vital to the effectiveness of this class. Comments, suggestions and feedback from individual students or student groups are welcome throughout the semester.

Honor Code
Academic integrity is a key component of the educational process. All students, GSIs, and instructors in this class are expected to conduct themselves in an honest and fair manner. All students in the class are bound by the College of Engineering Honor Code.

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Please familiarize yourself with this code by visiting ( In general, you may not seek to gain an unfair advantage over your fellow students; you may not consult, look at, or possess the unpublished work of another without their permission; and you must appropriately acknowledge your use of anothers work. Violations of the honor policies appropriate to each piece of course work will be reported to the Honor Council, and if guilt is established penalties may be imposed by the Honor Council and Faculty Committee on Discipline. Such penalties can include, but are not limited to, letter grade deductions, failing the course, or expulsion from the University. If you have any questions about this policy or how it applies to the course, please consult the course instructors.

Grading Policy
Your final grade will be assigned by the professors. The numerical average of the class will be set to the historical average for the course. The historical average grade for ME350 is B/B+. Grades assigned for scores above and below the average will be based on the standard deviation of the class and natural breaks that occur in the class scores. The total percentage will be broken down as follows: Project: 50% Midterm Exam: 15% Final Exam: 25% Homework, Quizzes, and In-class Activities: 10% Total 100% Note: The Peer Evaluations can add or subtract up to 10 percentage points of an individual students project grade, so they can affect your final grade by up to +/- 5%. Projects and some in-class activities will be submitted and scored as a team grade. The exams, homework, and peer evaluation will be scored on an individual basis.

Additional Reading
K.S. Edwards and R.B. McKee, Fundamentals of Mechanical Component Design, McGraw-Hill (1991) R.C. Juvinall and K.M. Marshek, Fundamentals of Machine Component Design, Wiley (1991)

Finally, for both fun and enlightenment, we recommend:

M.J. French, Invention and Evolution: Design in Nature and Engineering, Cambridge University Press (1988). H. Petroski, Design Paradigms: Case Histories of Error and Judgment in Engineering , Cambridge University Press (1994). H. Petroski, To Engineer is Human: The Role of Failure in Successful Design, St. Martins Press (1985).

The schedule will be distributed as a separate handout.

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