The demo is designed to demonstrate the concept of friction to younger children(ages 4+) using an incline plane. The premise is to allow the user to slowly elevate a surface until a block resting on top begins to slide, at which point an electronic interface displays the calculated amount (or coefficient) of friction. The core functions of the device are discussed based on the customer needs in order to identify key performance goals for its successful operation. The design process is documented from initial modeling to the final prototype and critical metrics including safety and ease of fabrication are discussed. Success is evaluated based on the aforementioned performance goals, of which the final project satisfies well.
Mechanical Engineering Design Project (MEMS 411)
Hawa, Angelo; Tafoya, Landon; and Owens, Noah, "MEMS 411: Friction Frenzy" (2021). Mechanical Engineering Design Project Class. 171.