Project Title

Ideal Lacrosse Stick

College

College of Engineering (COE)

Date of Last Revision

2020-05-05 05:33:29

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course

4600 497 001

Number of Credits

4

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020

Abstract

This project is focused on the design of a new and innovative lacrosse stick. Our main points of focus will be the strength and durability of the head. As well as solving some of the problems that exist in existing equipment. These problems were identified by interviewing experienced players at the college level. Benefits would include a stronger head that is easier to use for a player on the field to do things like pass, catch, shoot, and field ground balls in an optimal manner. Normally players will have to purchase new heads every season as a result of warping or possible breaking. We aim to increase the durability and lifetime of stick head use. This goal is because many players are willing to pay for high end sticks that last longer than the current models on the market. Another main focus will be shaft design on the lacrosse stick. This is to improve the durability and flex of the stick when passing and shooting in-game. We will choose the shape and material composition of the stick.

To determine the specific needs of a lacrosse stick we will interview players in the game currently who have 6+ years of experience. We will then take the information gained and attempt to solve the problems that were mentioned. We are going to use CES, a material selection software to determine the best materials to use. Following that we will use engineering design tools such as SolidWorks, AutoCAD, PTC Creo, and 3D printing to design iterations of our solutions. Finally, when we are happy with our designs we will run FEA on the designs to ensure the parts are durable.

Research Sponsor

Gopal Nadkarni

First Reader

Manigandan Kannan

Second Reader

Ajay Mahajan

Honors Faculty Advisor

Gopal Nadkarni

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