Presentation on theme: "Auto Mower An Advancement in Lawn Care Technology By: Patrick So, Sam Tat, Jackie Chui, Jeff Thai, Josh Flanagan."— Presentation transcript:
Auto Mower An Advancement in Lawn Care Technology By: Patrick So, Sam Tat, Jackie Chui, Jeff Thai, Josh Flanagan
Content Overview Problem Solution Design Options Final Decision Manufacturing Process Final Product Future Product Developments
Problems Seniors and persons with disabilities are too physically challenged to push a lawn mower Demand exists for these people to have the ability to mow a lawn
Solution A remote controlled lawn mower would allow a person to mow a lawn without much effort Lawn mower would be controlled through radio signals Lawn mower would be mounted on a new frame with a new steering mechanism
Design Options Frame Material 1.Square Steel Tube 2.Round Steel Tube Steering 1.Tracks 2.Independent RWD 3.Car like (Rack and Pinion) Safety Covers/Shields 1.Lexan 2.Plexiglass 3.Sheet metal Motors for Wheels 1.Electric 2.Solar 3.Gas Controls 1. Radio Control System
Design Matrix Design 1Design 2Design 3 FrameSquare Tube SteeringTracks Independent Rear Wheel Drive Rack and Pinion Safety ShieldsLexan Propulsion TypeElectric Controls Radio Control System
Design Options for Steering
Decision Matrix Design Criteria Design Option 1 (Tracks) Design Option 2 (Indep. RWD with Swivel Wheels) Design Option 3 (Rack and Pinion) Strength 95/100 Cost 75/10090/10085/100 Ease of Manufacturing 65/10090/10085/100 TOTAL 235/300275/300260/300 % of Total Weight 78.3%91.7%86.7%
Final Decisions Independent rear wheel drive Electric motors Square tube frame Radio control system Lexan safety shields
Rendering of the Final Product
Independent Rear Wheel Drive Individually driven rear wheels allow the lawn mower to make precise turns. This is especially useful when the lawn mower is required to traverse through tight areas.
Electric Motors What could be a better energy type than electricity? Electric motors are clean, efficient, reliable and cheap. Combined with two 3600 Watt-hour batteries, the lawn mower will be able to mow your lawn several times before needing to be recharged.
Radio Control System The radio control system is the key element in making the lawn mower effortless to use. With a range of 2000 feet, the lawn mower will be able to cover even the biggest lawns.
Safety Safety is a top concern of the project's engineers. This is why remote control failsafe switches were added to the lawn mower so that the entire unit shuts off immediately if it is out of range of the remote control. Lexan polycarbonate shields will be added in a future revision to not only protect people, but protect the lawn mower from damage due to foreign objects or weather.
Steel Tube Frame The frame of the lawn mower is constructed using square steel tube. This kind of tubing is cheap and easy to cut & weld, minimizing the cost of manufacturing and, most importantly, the price. Steel is also very tough, so the lawn mower will be able to endure rigorous terrain and harsh weather for years.
The Manufacturing Process
The Manufacturing Process (cont.)
Completed Auto Mower
Auto Mower in Action
Future Developments Lexan polycarbonate shields will be added. The entire lawn mower – the lawn mower itself and the drive system – will be powered using electricity from the batteries. Reduce manufacturing costs; design a more compact frame.