Tech Lit Course Materials
Product Dissection: Single-Use Cameras
Description: This course examines the way in which products and machines work: their physical operation, the manner in which they are constructed, and the design and societal considerations that determine the difference between success and failure in the marketplace. The primary objectives in this course are to develop a basic aptitude for engineering and engineering design and to develop mental visualization skills by examination of design and manufacture of consumer and industrial products. Heavy emphasis is placed on hands-on laboratory experience and the development of team and communication skills.
Contributor : Dr. Simpson
Institution : The Pennsylvania State University
Course level : Freshman or sophomore level students of all engineering majors
|Cross-Cutting Concepts||Congnitive Dimension||Tech Topic Area - Engineering|
|○ Systems||● Knowledge||○ Medical|
|● Design||○ Capabilities||○ Engergy & Power|
|○ Info Tech & Comm|
|○ Connections||○ Decision-making||○ Transfortation|
|● Manufacturing & Const|
|The single-use or disposable camera is a simple box camera sold with a roll of film installed, meant to be used once. Most use focus free lenses. Some are equipped with an integrated flash unit, and there are even waterproof versions for underwater photography. Internally, the cameras use a 135 film or an APS cartridge [Source: Wikipedia.com].|
Purpose: To explore how an single-use camera works and to see the differences between cameras from different manufacturers.
Background and reference materials: assembly drawing and parts list
Manufacturing processes introduced: plastic injection molding
Activities: dissection, sketching, detective work, understanding assembly prints
What should you get out of this? An appreciation for design, an understanding of manufacturing and assembly processes, a holistic view of what goes into a product
Acknowledgement: Special thanks to Kodak for the donation of these cameras.
Course handout: Media:camerahandout.pdf
Lecture: How Cameras Work: Media:me240.camera.ppt