As a reminder, for my final project, I am thinking of making a wall clock. I have decided to choose a project that has a simple functionality, but gives me a lot of room for aesthetics. There are infinite designs and themes that can be used for this wall clock. My initial idea is to create a mechanical engineering theme. For example, use tools for numbers, steel texture for the background and maybe something to represent a drawing.
The first constraint I have on my project is the cost. Based on the materials used, the project can cost between 10 to 200 dollars. My aim is to build the product with less than $50 worth of materials without sacrificing the quality or the aesthetic.
My second constraint is time. As a senior ME student who is enrolled in 15 credits including senior design, I have limited time for this project and would need to be very efficient in my planning and manufacturing to negate any complications and ensure a working product in time.
The thirst constraint is machining. Since I have yet to select the materials, it is hard to say what type of machining is required. Some of the options are the mill, 3D printing, laser cutting or wood cutting. My skillset is also a constrain as I do not have a lot of experience in manufacturing.
One of the biggest constraints on this project is the weight. it needs to be lightweight in order to hang it on the wall. I am aiming to have it be less than 5 lbs.
Finally, my last constraint is aesthetics. I have yet to decide exactly what them i am going for, but there are many options that requires different skillsets. I will aim to create an aesthetic that has a pleasing look and sends a clear message.