Module Leader

Andrew Brand

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
  • Distinguish between a wide range of standard machine elements and electronic components
  • Generate multiple distinct potential mechanisms for specified situation and select the most effective
  • Construct working sketch models of machines confidently and quickly
  • Develop and refine complex machines through synthesis, analysis and prototyping
  • Generate technical drawings for machine assemblies
  • Design and develop machines, integrating hardware (including machine elements, structure, electrical components, sensors, actuators, and micro-controllers) and high-level programing languages such as Python to affect specified outcomes


Description of Content

Many products rely on the effective design and implementation of mechanisms for their function. This course builds on DE1-PMat, DE1-EA1M and DE1-EA1E and introduces deterministic approaches to selection, synthesis and analysis of mechanisms and machine elements including bearings, shafts, gears, belts, chains, fasteners, clutches, brakes, seals, electromagnetic actuators, electrical circuits and sensors.

Students will be challenged to design and produce functioning prototypes, demonstrating principle, for a machine that effectively integrates machine elements, sensors and actuators and software to perform a specified function.


Module Highlight

BMIC is a mechanical drum sequencer.

BMIC Drum Sequencer - The Process

BMIC is a mechanical drum sequencer.

From a 4x3 step sequencer controller the user can input combinations of beats and instruments. The inputs are interpreted by a programmed Raspberry Pi, that sends output to three solenoids accordingly, each attached to a drum hitting mechanism.

Designed and developed by Ina Roll Backe, Tilly Supple, Carla Urbano, and Bea Lopez.