Publication Date

Summer 2021

Document Type

Final Report

Problem Statement

For this project, the team needs to design a mass production manufacturing process. The product of the process will be parts that represent, as closely as possible, approximations of parts developed using Discrete Element Modelling (DEM) software. Since the software uses spheres to efficiently model complex parts, the manufacturing process must also utilize spheres as the building blocks for the approximated parts. As a proof of concept, this project uses river pebbles as the parts being approximated by the software and modeled by the multi-sphere production process.

Author's School

McKelvey School of Engineering

Author's Department

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Class Name

Mechanical Engineering Design Project (UMSL JME 410)

Multi-Sphere Mass Production Solid (5947 kB)
Set of Solidworks part files for each part of the mass production assembly.

Multi-Sphere Mass Production Final Drawing Set.pdf (3335 kB)
Set of detail drawings of all fabricated parts of the mass production assembly