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Product Dissection: Single-Use Cameras


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:]. Kodakpictures.jpg

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 listFileicon-pdf.png

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: Lab activityFileicon-pdf.png

Lecture: How Carmeras WorkPpt-icon.gif

Supporting Wiki Pages: Kodak Waterproof One-Time-Use Camera, Group 32 - Kodak Funsaver Camera, Group 7 - Kodak Disposable Camera, Group 10 - Kodak Flash Camera

Contributor : Dr. Simpson

Institution : The Pennsylvania State University

Course level : Freshman or sophomore level students of all engineering majors

Activity Classification
Cross-Cutting Concepts Congnitive Dimension Tech Topic Area - Engineering
○ Systems ● Knowledge ○ Medical
○ Bio-based
● Design ○ Capabilities ○ Engergy & Power
○ Info Tech & Comm
○ Connections ○ Decision-making ○ Transfortation
● Manufacturing & Const