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Class project: Something that needs to be invented

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  1. Northstar

    Northstar Gold Star Member

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    So, one of my classes I'm taking this semester is Mechanical Design II, and we have to come up with some product or device that's not available right now and make a model of it. So far we haven't been able to come up with any good ideas and we're supposed to have a vague idea by tomorrow.

    Anyone have an idea of something that would be useful and fun to create? I promise if this product goes anywhere pat just being done for the class I'll let you in on the profits :thumbup:

    (presumably 1/6 of the profit, as I assume all the other group members and professor will want their cut :chuckles:)

    Of course, the chance that it is used past just the project is slim.
     
  2. sgolenski

    sgolenski Unsigned FA

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    Ever been following a semi down the freeway in the winter when all the snow and crap comes flying off the trailer right on your windshield?

    How about a sturdy extendable trailer-top snowbrush? I dunno, it was the first thing that came to mind.

    Going to keep my eyes peeled on this post to see what ideas are out there...
     
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  3. Maximus

    Maximus BANNED Staff Member

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    How about a robe....BUT YOU WEAR IT BACKWARDS! We can call it a "Zuggly" and get Z to endorse it. We'll make zillions. :cool:
     
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  4. Powerslave

    Powerslave Rise.

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    A contraption which releases chemicals that stops LeIso. You don't have to pay me, I'll pay you if you invent it and it works.
     
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  5. The Voice

    The Voice Best in the World

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    A motorized golf caddy
     
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  6. Lee

    Lee Golden Shower Member

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    I am not a LeIso hater, but that actually made me lol.
     
  7. -Akronite-

    -Akronite- NBA Starter

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    How about a "jump to conclusions" mat? There could be a mat, with several conclusions on it, and when you have a problem, you jump to one.
     
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  8. Chardon

    Chardon Hall of Farmer

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    A fork with a knife on it. You would have somehow engineer it not to cut people.
     
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  9. Cratylus

    Cratylus Brunette Connoisseur

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    Idea #1...

    You can replace the ink cartridges in printers.
    You can replace the toner in copy machines.
    You can replace the ink in ball point pens.
    You can replace the graphite in mechanical pencils.
    But you can't replace the fluid in magic markers.

    Design a magic marker that allows the user to replace the fluid instead of having to throw it away when the ink runs dry and buy a new one.


    Idea #2...

    This is something I've wanted for a LONG time.

    Design an MP3 player that has a USB port so that you can load songs onto it from a flash drive.


    Idea #3... (a little tougher)

    A microwave oven will heat food and drinks that are at room temperature in 60 seconds.
    But if you want to cool food or drinks that are at room temperature... that takes a couple of hours.

    Design a device that will cool food and drinks QUICKLY.
     
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  10. TAS

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    How about tags you can place on your keys and remote and when you press the pager it beeps.
     
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  11. Northstar

    Northstar Gold Star Member

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    Hmm, not sure if this is possible for to present it in class... it seems too large, but interesting idea.

    So basically something that carries your clubs for you? Like a segway that holds golf clubs? Cool idea, probably can't make something like that in enough time (project is due in a month or so).


    Would you want it to be able to stab food and cut it at the same time, I assume? This is an interesting idea, not sure how to do it exactly, but perhaps one of the group members would.

    I think the tip of the pen would sort of get ruined, probably why they don't have that, because you'd have to replace the tip as well.

    #2 would be good if I was an electrical or computer engineer and knew how to do that, but unfortunately I don't.

    #3 we might be able to do, but I'm not sure how you could do it without freezing the drinking or getting the food all frost-bitten.

    That's a good idea, but it seems too simple. Like, I wouldn't have to design anything mechanical. Also more like electrical engineering stuff as well, but a good idea certainly.

    Keep the ideas coming. Try to think of something more along the lines of mechanical devices than electronic stuff. Thanks for all the ideas so far.
     
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  12. Randolphkeys

    Randolphkeys Admittedly Pompous Staff Member

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    I had a similiar science assignment once. I made a special dog crap scooper for when your pooch has diarhea.

    No, I'm not giving you the design. Its going to make me a fortune someday.
     
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  13. Damage

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    How about a wind energy mill powered by a Solar Tracking System. The tracking system will follow the suns pattern. The excess power generated through the solar panels can be sent back out towards the grid, which would generate income.
    I
    f you can do that, then I can make you a lotta money
     
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  14. Cratylus

    Cratylus Brunette Connoisseur

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    Quick clarification... does the product have to be marketable or can it be any kind of goofy contraption?
     
  15. bomber

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    Two sided bathroom paper.

    One side is toilet paper, the other baby wipe and it's flushable.

    Boom. Gold.

    Thank me later.
     
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  16. Born 'N' Raised

    Born 'N' Raised In the Rotation

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    I was just at the store about a week ago and I was surprised to see refillable highlighters. Just thought you might like to know. :D
     
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  17. Cratylus

    Cratylus Brunette Connoisseur

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    Another possibility...

    Ever play hoops by yourself and you end up chasing your missed shots all over Hell's Half Acre?

    Design some sort of contraption that attaches to any backboard that "catches" or prevents missed shots from going all over the place. Maybe it funnels them back to you as well. Several design issues I see that you will have to overcome. Might make for an interesting project.
     
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  18. Mike Manifesto

    Mike Manifesto Sixth Man

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    Something like this but with less equipment....
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  19. Chardon

    Chardon Hall of Farmer

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    http://images.hayneedle.com/mgen/master:GARD003.jpg
     
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  20. sgolenski

    sgolenski Unsigned FA

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    While on the subject of TP, can I get some with my ex-wife's picture on it??
     

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