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===Brushless Motor===
===Brushless Motor===
One problem with using a brushed DC motor is that they develop a maximum torque when stationary. The replacement of the existing brushed DC motor with a brushless DC motor offers several advantages that help to curb this problem. For one, brushless motors offer an increased efficiency by providing more torque per watt that a brushed motor. Brushless motors are more efficient at converting electricity into mechanical power than brushed motors. This improvement is largely due to motor's velocity being determined by the frequency at which the electricity is switched, not the voltage. Also, brushless motor is less susceptible wear;  with no windings on the rotor, they are not subjected to centrifugal forces, and because the windings are supported by the housing, they can be cooled by conduction, requiring no airflow inside the motor for cooling. This in turn means that the motor's internals can be entirely enclosed and protected from dirt or other foreign matter.
One problem with using a brushed DC motor is that they develop a maximum torque when stationary. The replacement of the existing brushed DC motor with a brushless DC motor offers several advantages that help to curb this problem. For one, brushless motors offer an increased efficiency by providing more torque per watt that a brushed motor. Brushless motors are more efficient at converting electricity into mechanical power than brushed motors. This improvement is largely due to motor's velocity being determined by the frequency at which the electricity is switched, not the voltage. Also, brushless motor is less susceptible wear;  with no windings on the rotor, they are not subjected to centrifugal forces, and because the windings are supported by the housing, they can be cooled by conduction, requiring no airflow inside the motor for cooling. This in turn means that the motor's internals can be entirely enclosed and protected from dirt or other foreign matter. This reduction in wear represents a design that take societal influence under consideration as the decreased chance of motor failure increases the safety of the user.

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In Gate 3, we used the information gathered from Gate 2's dissection to analyze the drill. We did an analysis of several main components, taking into consideration its shape, tool and manufacturing marks, material, function, location and interaction with other components. We also made 3D models of the components using AutoDesk Inventor Professional 2013. The parts were then assembled in Inventor. For one of the components, we did an example of what how an engineering analysis might have been applied to one of the components. Using the information gathered from the analysis, we then suggested several design revisions for the drill at the component level. These design revisions are based on considerations of the GSEE factors.

Cause for Corrective Action

For Gate 2, the revisions that we followed significantly improved the project. Meeting times were established in advance, and deadlines were set before the project was supposed to be submitted. This gave us time for review. One thing that was working well was having one person set up the wiki page, outlining the page setup. With one person doing this, it helps eliminate redundancy and keeps everything in a logical order. This also helps those other group members who have less experience with editing a wiki, as they only need to copy and paste their part of the project. Another effective practice was the use of multiple means of communication. Email was used to send detailed messages with allocated tasks, and text and phone calls were used for more immediate communication, usually relevant to meeting reminders. As we did in Gate 1, we visited the professor during office hours, which helped with explaining which parts needed more detail, as well as reorganizing parts of the wiki so that it was more logically ordered in a manner that represented a technical report. We attempted to continue these practices throughout Gate two to continue to improve the project.

Some problems that arose during the completion of Gate 2 was that although we had planned meetings in advance, one or more group members would cancel at the last minute. Also, other members that did show up sometimes came with their work incomplete or greatly lacking in substance and detail. This was by far the most significant problem the group experienced, as it hindered the progress of the entire sequence of the plan. Some parts of the project must be completed before another can, so when a group member showed up without his part, the project could not continue. This also left no time for the revision of that part, or the other following parts as everything was being completed too close to the deadline. To correct this problem, group members are encouraged to make a stronger commitment to the group, and to have better time management. In previous works, if a member didn't have a part of the project done, and that part was necessary for another part, it would impede the whole project. To fix this, any part of the project that had dependent parts is to be completed at the meeting. This requires more meetings, and is not as time efficient, as it usually results in an excessive number of people working on a single part. This correction brings the advantage that one persons lack of effort will not severely impede the rest of the group. This solution is not the most time efficient, however is it resistant to problems like missed deadlines.

Product Evaluation

Component Summary

For each component, we listed what the component was, what its function in the drill was, how many of each component was used in the drill, the material we suspected it was made out of, and the manufacturing method used. The manufacturing method was determined based on common marks left by each method on the part. The following chart shows a the manufacturing method, a description of the method, what marks it leaves on the part, and an example of those markings on one of the parts.

Table 3.1.2: Component List

Method Description Indications of
Injection Molding Forcing molten plastic into a permanent mold Parting Lines
Riser Marks
Injection Molding 272012.jpg
Die Casting Pouring or forcing molten metal into a die Parting Lines
Riser Marks
Die Casting 272012.jpg
Forging Shaping metal through compressing forces applied by dies Flash
Part is fairly flat shaped
1 Screw 272012.JPG
Rolling Reduces thickness of a metal by compressing
it under high pressure mechanical means
Very flat metal
8 Motor Washer 272012.JPG
Drawing Pulling Material through a die to get desired shape Metal has stretch marks
Drawing 272012.jpg
Grinding Abrasive cutting tool with thousands of cutting edges Smooth surface finish
17 Bal Bearing Lock 272012.JPG

Table 3.1.2: Component List

# Component Function Quantity Material Manufacturing Method Image
1 Screws Fastener 11 Steel Forged
1 Screw 272012.JPG
2 Bottom Clip Fastener 1 Steel Rolling, Forged
2 Bottom Clip 272012.JPG
3 Bit Holder Hold extra drill bit 1 Steel Rolling, Forged
3 Bit Holder 272012.JPG
4 Screw Bit Drive Screw head 1 Steel Forged
4 Screw bit 272012.JPG
5 Pressure Pin Hold Shell Together 2 Steel Rolling, Forged
5 Pressure Pin 272012.JPG
6 Direction Selector Change Direction of current 1 Plastic Injection Molding
6 Direction Selector 272012.JPG
7 Trigger Assembly Regulate Current 1 Plastic/metal Injection Molding/ Die casting
7 Trigger Assembly 272012.JPG
8 Motor Washer Keep gears and gear separate from motor 1 Steel Die Casing
8 Motor Washer 272012.JPG
9 Motor Mount Attach motor to shell 1 Plastic Injection Molding
9 Motor Mount 272012.JPG
10 Motor Mount Screws Attach motor to mount 2 Steel Forged
10 Motor Mount Screws 272012.JPG
11 Motor Convert electrical energy into rotational mechanical 1 Steel Drawing
11 Motor 272012.JPG
12 Motor Collar Label/ Protect Motor 1 Steel Rolling
12 Motor Collar 272012.JPG
13 Plastic Gear Transfer rotational energy, alter torque, angular velocity 3 Plastic Injection Molding
13 Plastic Gear 272012.JPG
14 Planetary Gear Housing Transfer rotational energy 1 Steel Die Casting
14 Planetary Gear Housing 272012.JPG
15 Planetary Gear Post Transfer rotational energy 1 Steel Die Casting
15 Planetary Gear Post 272012.JPG
16 Metal Gear Transfer rotational energy, alter torque, angular velocity 3 Steel Die Casting
16 Metal Gear 272012.JPG
17 Ball Bearing Lock Stop Planetary gear housing from rotating 8 Steel Die Casting, Grinding
17 Bal Bearing Lock 272012.JPG
18 CCW Thread Screw Attach Chuck to shaft 1 Steel Forged
18 CCW Thread Screw 272012.JPG
19 Chuck Holder Allows user to rotate chuck without rotating shaft 1 Plastic Injection Molding
19 Chuck Holder 272012.JPG
20 Chuck Holds drill bit 1 Steel Die Cast/ Milling
20 Chuck 272012.JPG
21 C-Clip Keep shaft from sliding along axis 1 Steel Rolling, Forged
21 C Clip 272012.JPG
22 Position Ring Ratchet Position Collar 1 Steel Rolling, Forged
22 Position Rng 272012.JPG
23 Position Collar Adjust spring tensioner 1 Plastic Injection Molding
23 Position Collar 272012.JPG
24 Spring Tensioner Adjust spring tension 1 Plastic Injection Molding
24 Spring Tensioner 272012.JPG
25 Spring Apply variable force to ball bearing lock 1 Steel Forged
25 Spring 272012.JPG
26 Bearing Washer Keep Ball bearing lock under pressure 1 Steel Rolling, Forged
26 Bearing Washer 272012.JPG
27 Shell Hold all components 1 Plastic Injection Molding
27 Shell 272012.JPG
28 Clutch Housing Hold Planetary gearbox, attach parts to shell,
Hold ball bearing locks, provide threads for tension adjuster
1 Plastic Injection Molding
28 Clutch Housing 272012.JPG

Product Analysis

Scale for complexity of a component:
The following chart explains a rating system for judging the complexity of each part. Under Form, the curve is any curve or recession that would require the part to be rotated or re-positioned to be made.

Table 3.2.1: Complexity Chart

Function Add 1 point for each function
Form Add 1 point for every curve that requires the part to be rotated
Manufacturing Method Add 2 points for each manufacturing
method required to make the part

Simple 3-5 Points
Moderately Complex 6-8 Points
Highly Complex 9+ Points

Position Collar
The overall function of the position collar is to allow the user to adjust the torque under which the drill bit begins to slip. It does this by rotating the spring tensioner, which is fitted on a threaded part. When the collar rotates, it causes the tension adjuster to move one way or the other on the threads, increasing or decreasing the force exerted by the spring. This causes more resistance in the clutch, preventing the planetary gear housing from slipping. The position collar also has ridges in it so that when the user rotates the clutch, they can feel a click for each different position. These positioned are labeled on the part, thus allowing the user to remember what setting they had the drill on. The label and the ratcheting feel of the part are included in the design because it lowers the cognitive effort on part of the user in order to adjust the maximum torque that can be applied.

The component has a very simple system flow, which is User input --> force regulation. The component is rotated by the user, which adjusts the force exerted by the spring. Thus, the system flow of the component is simple.

The position collar is plastic, and is generally shaped like a tapered cylinder, with a ring on the inside. It has axial symmetry, with the exception of a few features. With a diameter of about 2" and a length of about 1", the part is one of the largest in the drill. This is partly due to the fact that it is a exterior part, and it contains other parts in side of it. It has such a large diameter because a larger diameter requires less effort from the user to rotate the part. It also has recessed areas on the outside to allow the user to grip the part. On the inside, there are four rectangular shaped ridges, which the spring tension adjuster slides. One of these is larger than the rest, which allows the tension adjuster to be put on only one way, thus making the assembly process easier.

Several factors influenced the design of this part, including desired function, and the GSEE factors. The material the part is made from is plastic, and was probably chosen because the part has complex geometry, and it isn't subjected to any high stresses in the drill. It also has visible riser marks, and a parting line that can barely be seen because it runs along the edge of the part. The part also has a tapered shape, and thus it could be easily separated from two mold halves. Plastic is the optimal choice because it is cheap, easy to shape, and has enough strength to perform the desired function. The plastic also has a a slightly rough surface finish. This surface finish has a practical function, as it allows the user to grip the part and rotate it without his or her fingers slipping. When designing the product, global concerns were kept in mind, and as such, this part has no English words on it. Instead, it has the numbers 1 through 10 on it, and a picture of a drill for the maximum torque. This was implemented this way so that English is not required to use the product. Economic considerations were implemented with the choice of plastic, as it can be molded quickly, and thus requires no milling or other manufacturing methods after it is produced. Most plastics are cheaper than metal. With the process of injection molding, there is very little waste material, because the material required is just that which goes into the mold and the little extra material that is in the filling nozzle of the mold. This benefits the product from an economical and environmental aspect. The color of the part is black, which has some societal influence, because black is considered a basic color, and is generally not associated with any particular group of people. Thus, when the black part is on the drill, it is not likely to cause anyone to react negatively to it, whereas a different color such as pink or green may influence a person's decision to buy the product.

The position ring is a simple part with a complexity rating of 4 (Simple), consisting of one material and no joined pieces. It has rotational symmetry, with the exception of a few features. It has two functions, to adjust the spring tensioner, it is made by injection molding, a common practice now, and has a simple shape. Because of these factors, the overall complexity of the part can be justified as simple.

The motor performs the function of turning electrical energy into mechanical energy. This is achieved by taking in electrical energy from the battery through the motor terminals, then by using a series of loops of copper wire around an armature, an electromagnetic force is created around the current carrying wire. The magnetic field created causes the current carrying wire to experience force in opposite directions which in turn causes the motor to spin, turning electrical energy into mechanical rotational energy. The driveshaft is attached to a drive gear which turns the planetary gears inside the gearbox. The motor’s driveshaft also has a small fan on it which when the motor is spinning, forces heat out of the drill through the slots in the plastic housing.

The motor is in the shape of a cylinder. At one end of the cylinder are the wire terminals that take in electrical energy from the battery. Contained within the cylinder are the driveshaft, fan, copper wire wrappings and electromagnet which perform the main function of the motor. At the opposite end of the cylinder from the wire terminals is the mounting plate that mounts the motor to the gearbox. Attached to the driveshaft is the drive gear which protrudes past the mounting plate. The motor is primarily a three dimensional component as it acts in both reverse and forward directions and has energy flow in the direction of the driveshaft, the heat exhaust and the electrical input. The motor is approximately 2.2 inches in length and 1.5 inches in diameter. The cylindrical shape of the motor has to do with the motor’s functionality. The copper wire and electromagnet contained within the motor housing have to be equidistant from the current carrying wire to ensure a steady torque. This can only be achieve by having the motor have a cylindrical shape. The motor weighs approximately one pound-force. The motor housing , driveshaft, drive gear and bearings are made of steel. The motor end cap, fan blades and mounting plate are made of plastic. The wire terminals, wire wrappings and current carrying pieces are made of copper. For the steel components, the function of the motor is the primary cause for material use. Steel is strong and can handle the speed and torque produced by the motor. The plastic pieces are influenced primarily by part geometry and manufacturing methods. The complex geometry of the end cap, fan blades, and mounting plate make injection molding the easiest way to form the parts, thus plastic is the best material. The pieces made of copper are required by component function to be highly conductive and thus copper is the appropriate choice for material. The GSEE factors that influenced the material choice are societal and environmental. The safety of the motor is a factor that influenced the choice of steel for certain motor component. The product lifecycle is also a factor considered in material choice, the motor and its internal components are not meant to be replaced so materials that have minimal wear over time, thus the steel, copper, and heavy plastic material choices. The motor doesn’t serve any aesthetic purpose. It is not seen by the user and if the drill works properly, shouldn’t ever be seen by the user. The surface finish of the motor is a smooth brushed steel. This is so that no parts of the motor housing can get inside of the motor. This is also so that a serial number for the motor can be applied and easily read.

The primary methods of manufacturing used to create the motor and its components are injection molding for the plastic components, drawing and fabrication of stock material for the metal components, and pulling for the copper wire. The plastic mounting plate and motor end cap both have riser marks on them which indicate places where the mold pressed together and liquid material was injected into the mold. The primary reason for injection molding was the material shape, the complex geometry needed for the fan blades, mounting plate, and end cap could only be achieved economically through the use of plastic injection molding. The steel pieces were made either by fabricating pieces of sheet metal or by pulling. The motor drive gear was manufactured by pulling steel through a form in the shape of the gear. The steel cylinder housing was made by cutting a piece of sheet metal and bending it into a circular form. The steel wire inside the motor was made by pulling steel through a circular die. The copper wire was made the same way as the steel wire. The shape of the component was the primary reason for all of the manufacturing processes used. The GSEE factors that influenced the manufacturing processes are mostly economic. Injection molding is without question the cheapest way to create complex geometry out of plastic. Injection molding can also be completed by unskilled labor making manufacturing costs much cheaper. The use of fabrication and drawing to create the metal components are also the cheapest way to create the part geometry required.

The motor is a very complex component. It inputs electrical energy and outputs mechanical energy through the use of an electrically created magnetic field. The part takes into considerations the laws of thermodynamics and physics in order to function properly. The complexity can also be seen by the amount of manufacturing processes and materials used to create the component. The motor has a complexity scale over 9, thus, being a very complex component.

Metal Gears
The metal gears are part of the planetary gearbox. The main function of the metal gears is to transfer rotational energy from the motor to the drill clutch and regulate the torque output of the drill. The planetary gearbox is attached at one side to the motor drive gear, which sends mechanical rotational energy through to the plastic gears, which are attached to a metal disc with a centered drive gear on its opposite face. This centered gear spins the three metal gears on the other side of the gearbox. These interacting gear trains increase the torque of the drill by decreasing the drills speed. The metal gears function within the metal gearbox.

The metal gears are all the same size so that they all interlock without any of the teeth smashing together while the drill is functioning. All three gears are symmetric around the central axis and have eighteen teeth. It acts in three dimensions, as the gear is a rotational object. The shape of the gears are related to the component function being that the gear shape is designed to interlock with the drive gear attached to the metal disc, the other metal gears, and the inner teeth of the planetary gearbox. Each metal gear weighs approximately an ounce. The gears are made completely out of steel. The material choice is primarily influenced by the component function. The gears have to handle the increased torque created by the gearbox, thus the material needs to be strong and ridged. Economically steel is the best choice to perform this function, as steel is a strong, easily fabricated metal. Safety is also an important factor influencing the material choice, steel is a very durable metal and will not chip when strained keeping the drill safe for the user. The gear serves no aesthetic purpose as it is an internal component and is not seen by the user.

The metal gears were made by drawing, or by pulling steel ingots through a form in the shape of the gear and then cut down to size. This is the easiest way to create a small symmetrical gear and the gears have no riser marks or edges to support die-casting. This manufacturing process is mainly influenced by the size of the component and the component design. The simple geometry of the gear and its relatively small size makes drawing the ideal manufacturing process. GSEE influences on the manufacturing process are predominantly economic related. Drawing is a cheap manufacturing process that takes unskilled labor to perform lowering the production costs significantly making it the most economically viable manufacturing process.

The metal gears are not complex. They are made of a single material and produced through a single manufacturing process. They interact with other gears that are similar in shape and material. The gears perform a single movement, spinning around the central axis, which makes their interactions with other components very limited. The metal gears have a complexity score of 3, thus making them a simple part.
Plastic Gears

The function of the plastic gear is to reduce the angular speed and increase torque of the shaft. This simple part has a very basic system flow, with an input of rotational mechanical energy, and an output of regulated rotational mechanical energy. Because the gear is completely enclosed in the drill, it isn’t subjected to any varying working environments. This allows it to be greased with the proper amount and variety of lubricant, allowing the gear to perform its function with minimal friction loss.

The gear has the shape of a flat cylinder, having 18 teeth and axial symmetry, measuring in at 1/4” along its height and ½” along its diameter. The shape of the teeth is a straight pattern, as opposed to a swirl pattern that one might find in a more complex gear system such as a car transmission. This straight design was likely chosen because it is simplistic and easy to make. The gear has slight recessed areas on each surface normal to the axis of rotation. Because weight is not a significant factor for this part, and plastic has a low density, it can be assumed that the recessed surface is to reduce material cost, and perhaps even help to channel the grease as the gear is moving. The parts material choice was made based on two factors: the strength it needed to endure and its cost to manufacture. The plastic gears were chosen to be plastic because they are the first in the series of gear ratio reductions, and thus experience the greatest speed and the lowest stress. This is where saving weight with plastic helps, but more significantly, it reduces the cost of the product. These decisions were also subject to the influence of some of the GSEE factors. Because the part is not seen by the average user, and the user is generally unaware of its existence, it has little influence from global or societal factors. The plastic material is the cheapest available that is still able to perform the desired function, thus making it a good choice from an economic standpoint. Being plastic, it has enough durability to have some recessed areas so that it uses less material. Not only is this economical, but it uses less plastic which is less harmful to the environment.

The gear is completely enclosed in the drill, thus making aesthetic considerations irrelevant. As such, the gears are a tan-yellow color, which is likely just the color of the plastic used without any dyes. The surface finish is smooth but not polished, as this will reduce cost as well as friction from the surface it rubs against, the surface perpendicular to its axis of rotation.

The plastic gears were likely to be made via injection molding, as this is the common practice for plastic parts. The gears are also shaped so that they could easily be separated from a mold. Injection molding is a common process in modern industry, and as such it has become one of the cheapest options to manufacture parts, making it a good choice from an economic standpoint.

The plastic gear is one of the simplest parts of the drill, as it has one function, very simple shape, and requires only injection molding to be made. It has a score of 3 on the complexity scale, the lowest possible score. Its interactions with other parts are also very simple, as it rotates on a shaft and comes into contact with the planetary gearbox.

Drill chuck
The Drill chuck has one and only one function that is to securely hold drill bits or other rotary tools in place while drilling. This function is made possible by having three jaws like devices that tightens around the cylindrical base of a drill bit. Since it is a hand chuck,using your hand when the chuck is turned clockwise it pushes the three jaws like devices outward that tighten the base part of the drill bit.

Thanks to its cylindrical shape the chuck is symmetrical around the y-axis. For a rough approximate of the size, it is 6.5 centimeter in height, and the circle at the bottom has a diameter of 4 centimeter. Since it does most of the heavy duty of the hand drill it is mostly made of metal. It weighs about 9.3 ounces. Although the bottom part is made of plastic it is only a cover for the metal part under. In addition, in my opinion the plastic cover at the bottom allows better grip to the person using the drill since it is a hand chuck. Moreover, thanks to these characteristics: parting lines and Riser marks at the bottom and top of the chuck we can safely say that the fabrication methods used was die casting for the metal part of the drill and injection molding for the bottom where the plastic is used. Last but not least on the aesthetic part of the component it should be noted that the color black is used for the plastic that covers the bottom of the chuck which goes nicely with the natural color of the metal on top. On a scale of 1 to 5 when it comes to manufacturing difficulty this product scores a 4 due to its complexity; in that it is a specialized self-centering, three-jaw chuck with a maximum capacity of 0.49 inches. The drill chuck has a complexity score of 6, and thus is moderately complex.

The overall function of the clutch is to regulate the torque output of the motor. This is accomplished by the position collar changing the pressure that exerted on the clutch by the spring tensioner. Regulating the torque is the only function of the clutch. Inside the clutch, the gears are experiencing rotational motion and angular velocity due to the motor. The clutch receives an input from the position collar which received its input from the operator. This is a simple flow of energy. The general shape of the clutch is cylindrical, and it is made out of steel. There are eight components to the clutch. They are the encasing, six gears, and a piece that holds all the gears in place. The encasing is symmetrical. The clutch has a length of .9 inches and has diameters ranging anywhere from 1.1 inches to 1.5 inches. The clutch is an interior component of the drill. On the inside of the clutch, there are six gears (three that are plastic and three that are metal) as well as a part that holds the gears in place. The overall diameter of the gears is .545 inches with the thickness varying from .265 inches for the metal gears to .23 inches for the plastic gears. Impact of Manufacturing Decisions on Geometry: most of the part was probably milled on a lathe however; the teeth on the inside of the cylinder were created by die casting Specific Material Property Necessary to Function: The encasing was made out of steel because the part needs to withstand high amounts of pressure. Three of the gears were made out of metal to withstand pressure, while the other three gears were made out of plastic because they were not under as much pressure and the cost of plastic is cheaper than the cost of metal. There are several factors that influenced the design of the clutch such as global, societal, economic, and environmental considerations. The majority of the clutch is made out of steel because the clutch needs to be able to withstand high amounts of pressure. However three of the gears are made out of plastic because they do not need to withstand as much pressure as the other gears. This decision was made to save the company some money because plastic is cheaper to obtain and work with than steel. The clutch can be set to different settings by the position collar which allows it to accomplish many tasks in the house hold setting. The color of the chuck is the same as the steel (silver) because it is an interior component that is not meant to be seen by the user. The clutch takes environmental factors into consideration because the power of the drill is regulated more efficiently than that of a drill without a clutch. The interior components of the clutch are greased so friction does not affect the efficiency as much as it would if there was no grease. The clutch was made using a lathe which is the most cost effective way it could have been made. The lathe is accurate and does not take away from the strength of the steel. The plastic gears were made by an injection mold due to the easiness and cheapness of injection molding. The clutch is a moderately complex component. The clutch consists of multiple components and materials which require two to three manufacturing processes. It does have rotational symmetry but contains more intricate features on the inside. With all of these factors taken into consideration, it can be safe to say that the overall complexity of the clutch is moderate, having a score of 8.

The shell is one of the most important components of the drill. It acts as the framework for housing all other components. The exterior of the shell is given an attractive orange and black color. It is gun shaped, that helps in providing good grip for usage. And it fits well into any adults hand. The shell houses all important components like motor, trigger assembly, and the battery. As an added functionality, it provides space for housing extra bits with bit holder. When the shell is disassembled, the shell splits into two halves. The shell is fixed together using phillips head screws. The shell is made form hard plastic that has enough toughness and can withstand sufficiently high temperature. Most plastic parts are manufactured using injection molding technique. From the parting lines on the interior of the shell, it can be seen that the same technique is employed in making this product. The shell is well designed on the interior by providing groves and curves for housing all important parts. And its given good angle and groves along with roughness on the exterior for handling the product well. The trigger is well placed and so that it can be easily accessed and input signal can be given by the user. As a whole the shell is very well designed for providing good handling and housing all the important parts and acts as a framework for the whole drill assembly.

Solid Model Assembly

To model our drill, we chose the AutoDesk Inventor Design program, as it is the program that the most members in the group are familiar with, and the software is free for students. We chose to model the motor, gears, gear housing, position collar and bearing washer, as those parts are essential to the main function of the drill, which is to convert electrical energy into rotational mechanical energy.

Assembly Pic 3.3.1
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Motor Pic 3.3.2
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Plastic Gear Pic 3.3.3
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Planetary Gear Post Pic 3.3.4
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Metal Gear Pic 3.3.5
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Planetary Gear Housing Pic 3.3.6
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Washer Pic 3.3.7
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Position Collar Pic 3.3.8
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Assembly Exploded View 3.3.9
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Engineering Analysis

A component that would use engineering analysis in the design and testing stages of the design process is the planetary gearbox/clutch mechanism. The design statement that would result in an engineering analysis of the gearbox would be the need for a torque increase and speed reduction from the motor to the drill chuck.

Problem Statement
Determine the optimal planetary gearbox configuration that is designed to input mechanical rotational energy from a motor at a certain speed and torque and output mechanical rotational energy at a predetermined torque and speed that can be adjusted by the drill user.




  • The gears are frictionless
  • Motor output speed is variable within a predetermined range
  • Motor output torque is variable within a predetermined range

Governing Equations
Equation 272012.png
n is the number of teeth, and is unitless, and w is the angular velocity, which can be measured in degrees or radians over time, such as radians per second.

This analysis has a vital impact on the way that the drill performs. Too much torque and the drill becomes unsafe, too little torque and the drill won't be able to turn a drill bit or a screw. The assumptions that have been made should not significantly alter the results from what they would be measured in actuality. This is because gears' only source of friction are on the surfaces that slide, which are covered in grease. The grease thus reduces the friction enough that it becomes negligible. As it can be seen in the equation, the most significant factor in determining the speed is the ratio of teeth on one gear to another. As angular velocity increases, the torque decreases. Thus, what is desired is at least the minimum torque needed to turn a screw into a material. Thus, if this minimum is met, then the torque needed will be satisfied, while allowing for the fastest rotation possible while still performing the necessary function.

Design Revisions

Multiple Drill Bit Holders

One revision to our product would be the addition of more slots to hold more drill bits. This would not increase the performance of our product, but it would increase the functionality. The cost of making this revision is only a slight increase because one more step is added to the manufacturing process. This revision would be made to try and influence customers to pick this product over other similar products that are on the market. The addition of more drill bit slots on the drill would make it easier to store the bits, thus making it easier to obtain the bit needed for a certain task at a certain time. The GSEE factors were taken into account for this revision. A social factor from this revision is that the increase in the amount of slots for drill bits could possibly make the product more appealing to the buyers. The only economic impact of this factor is that the cost may slightly increase but other than that, this revision was only made to make the product more appealing to the consumer.

Pressure sensor that regulates speed

Another revision to our product would be the addition of a pressure sensor that can regulate the speed of the drill. On the economic level since we would like to keep the cost of the drill down.only one pressure sensor would be enough to get the job done. the addition of the pressure sensor would work that way. Located near the chuck where most of the weight comes down on, the pressure sensor would analyse the force that is put on it to increase or decrease the drill's speed.For example,It is common sense for people to let down on the pressure they put on a drill as their work is being completed, so the drill thanks to its pressure sensor would act accordingly by reducing the speed as well. Nevertheless, that is not to remove and do away with the trigger button but instead it increases the control of the user over the drill and the safety of the drill as well. Therefore, while on the economic level one sensor would keep the drill's cost down, that sensor would also on a societal level increase the safety of the drill and the confidence of its users, by giving them more control over the drill.

Brushless Motor

One problem with using a brushed DC motor is that they develop a maximum torque when stationary. The replacement of the existing brushed DC motor with a brushless DC motor offers several advantages that help to curb this problem. For one, brushless motors offer an increased efficiency by providing more torque per watt that a brushed motor. Brushless motors are more efficient at converting electricity into mechanical power than brushed motors. This improvement is largely due to motor's velocity being determined by the frequency at which the electricity is switched, not the voltage. Also, brushless motor is less susceptible wear; with no windings on the rotor, they are not subjected to centrifugal forces, and because the windings are supported by the housing, they can be cooled by conduction, requiring no airflow inside the motor for cooling. This in turn means that the motor's internals can be entirely enclosed and protected from dirt or other foreign matter. This reduction in wear represents a design that take societal influence under consideration as the decreased chance of motor failure increases the safety of the user.