As not only this class comes to a close, but my undergraduate education does as well, I can clearly see the disconnect some engineers have when it comes to creating their designs from my classes I have taken, and the amazing outcome that can be produced when an engineer factors in the aesthetic. In many cases, how visually appealing the product appears often gets neglected. This was very evident at the Senior Design Expo as many projects clearly did not look visually appealing to others.
I originally wanted to have a functioning guillotine that you could actually be of use and have enough force to chop vegetables. I wanted to also create a guillotine that showed of the French colors and showed the patriotic like aesthetic. I can firmly say that after completing the project, I created a guillotine that reflected the aesthetic well however, the functionality is questionable. The blade does not always stay in the slots well and there is certainly not enough force from gravity itself to cut into a vegetable or fruit. Going forward, if I was to recreate this, I would look for a way to make sure the blade stays slotted correctly and maybe invest in a heavier blade or find a way to make the blade go down with more force. As far as the aesthetic and appearance of the project, I am extremely happy with how it turned out. Going forward, I do plan on possible remaking this as I had a lot of fun being able to express my imaginative side, something I feel like rarely occurred in my undergraduate education at CU.
I enjoyed the way the class was structured as we got to learn about different projects going on and learn about the different techniques used to create them, as well as receive feedback from our pod members. The thing I learned while making this project was all the different machines available to cut and manipulate wood. It was fun to learn how to use these machines as up until now, I have not had the opportunity to do so. I like working with wood more than metals like aluminum or steel. I like the softness of wood and how robust it is. I also don’t enjoy working with lubrication when it comes to machinery and enjoy how easy it is to work with wood.
Moving forward I want to hone in on my woodworking skills and maybe create other crafts with it and allow my imaginative side to come out.