Constraints help us define our problems and often times are the first step to brainstorming solutions. I wanted to explore my top constraints regarding the electric skateboard to get a good grasp of what I need to worry about.
The first constraint is the aesthetic. What does it look like? What can I do through combinations of paint and design? I have been very fascinated by outer space and to that order I would like to try to replicate that on my longboard. I have seen some blogs that capture how to do this (including the one pictured in this blog), but I have a few different ideas in mind. One of my teammates, Alex, has experience with designing so I plan to use her skills for this task as well.
Another constraint is the cost. One of the classic constraints in engineering problems, I am driven by the fact that I want this project to be feasible with a college student budget, which would be around $300.
The third constraint that I am dealing with is the time. Some would argue that this constraint is more important than cost. I have to take into account that I have other classes and being a teaching assistant also to take care of, the machine shop is also open only at certain times during the day, and my teammates would also only be able to volunteer a certain amount of time to my project.
The fourth constraint for my project will be the technical skills. Some processes require a lot more knowledge about motors and batteries than I possess. However, with a degree of bachelors in mechanical engineering, I think this would not pose a huge problem for me.
Finally, the last constraint for this project would be the durability of the electric longboard. Ideally, I would want this to last at least three years, and I would compete directly with the cost constraint. However, I think I can try and find a balance between the cost and quality so that I can achieve my goals regarding my budget and my durability.