Publication Date

Spring 2021

Document Type

Final Report

Embargo Date


Problem Statement

The goal of this design project was to improve the current method of pill cutting for STL Hills Pharmacy. Pharmacists and other medical professionals cut hundreds of pills weekly. Their current methods can only cut one pill at a time with an error rate of 50%. Pills are often split without enough precision and need to be thrown out. Our project was designed to have a 10% maximum error rate, require 1/4 of the force, and split pills 4 times as fast.

Author's School

McKelvey School of Engineering

Author's Department

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Class Name

Mechanical Engineering Design Project (MEMS 411)