Group 23 - Barbie® Dune Buggy Power Wheels
The course MAE 277, Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Practice, was designed to expose students to real-life challenges and technical aspects faced by mechanical engineers in industry and research labs. The product dissection project allows students to work on project and group management skills, while gaining a better understanding of the technical workings of common consumer products. For this project, Group 23 was assigned the Barbie® Dune Buggy Power Wheels. As the project progresses, from dissection and system analysis to reassembly, students will begin to grow an appreciation for every step in the designing and creation of any consumer product.
- Jaclyn Bronner
- Daniel Exford
- Taylor Ferguson
- Allison Lammerts
- Samuel Pawlyk
The project gates were designed to keep the project moving forward and to keep the groups on track and on task during the semester.
Gate 1: Project PlanningThe main purpose of Gate One is initial project planning. The group had to plan how to approach the product disassembly and reverse engineering of the Power Wheels. This also included breaking down the product dissection into specific tasks, assigning group members various roles, and planning out time management and a timeline of the other gates that will follow. In short, Gate 1 includes the following sections:
- Work Proposal
- Management Proposal
- Initial Assessment