Presentation on theme: "ENGR 493 – B AOBAB T EAM Background Information Research & Development Prototype Construction Leadership."— Presentation transcript:
ENGR 493 – B AOBAB T EAM Background Information Research & Development Prototype Construction Leadership
B ACKGROUND I NFORMATION
B AOBAB T REE Adansonia digitata Grows in Central & South Africa, Madagascar Called dead-rat tree, upside down tree Extremely drought resistant
B AOBAB F RUIT More Vitamin C than oranges More calcium than cows milk Up to 10 inches in length Every part but hard shell has use/purpose
P OTENTIAL Many uses Increase exportation to EU Generate income Additional food source
R ESEARCH & D EVELOPMENT
E ARLY T ESTING Weight inside was can of beef gravy Basic principle testing Overall success Revealed need for abrasive or frictional force Other prototypes created and tested
C ONSTRAINTS Durability Human-powered Large capacity Lightweight Easy to repair Low cost
T WO P ARTS Outer Housing Inner Tumbler
U NDERSTANDING S ELF AND O THERS Both Matt and Ed have Keirsey Guardian Temperaments This worked made our group well together It allowed us to rely on each other to make sure we got our work completed.
U TILIZING O UR S TRENGTHS AND T ECHNICAL L EADERSHIP Only having 2 members of the group made us fast and efficient. We each had certain skills and resources we could pull from. Ed – access and skills working with wood working Matt – Used a PSU machine shop to do the metal working we could not do ourselves Easy to separate work as we worked through the project Great TA for project
J UDGMENT Many hard choices during our experience English or Metric? What parts to buy? What design parameters were more important?
L EADING C HANGE We worked to design this machine to help other people We are leading the way to help produce a sustainable resource for Africa. We used our resources to and technical skills to help bring change half way across the globe
F UTURE I NNOVATIONS After we completed our step in this larger project, we realized that we need to help lead the next group of students. Completed a list of things to improve the machine, while allowing there creativity to shop through. We felt this was an important last step to take.
I MPROVEMENTS Abrasive force needed Lighter and smaller Less cost Method of Sorting product
S PECIAL T HANKS Dr. Lisa Steinberg Dr. Rick Schuhmann Ryan Whittington Flora Chadare (Contact in Benin, Africa) MATSE Machine Shop Staff
W ORKS C ITED National Research Council. "Chapter II: Baobab." Lost Crops of Africa: Fruits. Vol. 3. Washington, D.C.: National Academy, Print. Pakenham, Thomas. The Remarkable Baobab. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Print.