College

College of Engineering and Polymer Science

Date of Last Revision

2021-06-03 08:31:47

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Honors Course

4600:471

Number of Credits

4

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021

Abstract

As society becomes more technologically advanced, so does the demand for innovative products that save time; products like the Roomba have revolutionized household chores. Our teams’ vision was to develop a solution for another time-consuming household chore: folding laundry. The goal of this project was to conceptually design a marketable “robot” capable of autonomously folding clothes and explore a potential design by prototyping and testing it. Our team utilized our culmination of knowledge acquired over five years of engineering studies to turn a “pen and paper” sketch into a functioning prototype; this project used engineering tools such as a Weighted Decision Matrix, Functional Decomposition Diagram, 3D CAD models, and Python coding. The results of this project were: a robot that was under budget, a complete mechanical folding system design and construction, and coding to control the robots x and y axis.

Research Sponsor

David Peters

First Reader

David Peters

Second Reader

Dr. Shing-Chung "Josh" Wong

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Scott Sawyer

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