Post 9 : Top 5 specifications, top 5 constraints

To ensure the success of my project, it’s crucial that I clearly define my top priorities and constraints. Here are the top five aspects I’m focusing on for each:

My Top 5 Project Goals

  1. Aesthetic Appeal:
    • I want my project to visually embody a fusion of natural elements with steampunk design. It should showcase intricate details and a harmonious blend of organic and mechanical aesthetics.
    • The tactile aspect is important to me as well; I want the project to feel like it’s made with quality and craftsmanship, whether that’s through the texture of the materials or the smooth operation of mechanical parts.
  2. Functionality:
    • It’s crucial that the levitating element operates smoothly and reliably. I want it to levitate and rotate without interruption, providing a captivating visual effect.
  3. Interactivity and Dynamic Features:
    • I aim to engage the viewer with my project. This could be through interactive lighting that responds to ambient conditions or user input, or elements that change over time to maintain interest.
  4. Durability and Maintenance:
    • I want to ensure my design is robust enough to last with minimal maintenance, especially considering the moving and levitating parts.
  5. Affordability within My Budget:
    • Staying within my set budget of $150 is essential. I need to carefully select materials and components to balance cost without compromising quality and design.

My Top 5 Constraints

  1. Budget Limitations:
    • Staying within a $150 budget is my biggest challenge, especially when I need specialized components like magnetic levitation kits and high-quality materials.
  2. Time Constraints:
    • Having only a 3-week timeline is quite tight for a project that involves complex assembly and testing, especially for a prototype combining technology with art.
  3. Technical Skills and Knowledge:
    • The project demands a wide range of skills from me, from woodworking and electrical work to an understanding of magnetic levitation principles.
  4. Availability of Supplies and Materials:
    • Finding affordable materials and components that fit my design and quality requirements within the budget is another significant challenge.
  5. Workspace and Tools:
    • Ensuring I have a suitable workspace and all the necessary tools for assembly, testing, and modification is crucial but can be a constraint.

Addressing My Toughest Constraints

  • My Budget Limitations and Time Constraints are probably the most challenging aspects to manage. To tackle these:
    • I’ll prioritize components and features based on their impact on the overall design and functionality.
    • I may consider simpler alternatives that achieve similar effects, like using simpler levitation mechanisms or more affordable materials for the base.
    • I plan to optimize my work process to save time, such as preparing materials and components in advance and scheduling tasks efficiently.

By focusing on these priorities and effectively managing my constraints, I’m confident that I’ll be able to create a successful project. Flexibility and creative problem-solving will be key, especially when working within limited resources and time.


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3 Comments. Leave new

  • Jarod Ocampo
    April 11, 2024 6:28 pm

    Hey Grreshan, I really like your project. The steam punk aesthetic is pretty cool and would be very interesting to see. I am wondering are you planning on welding during this project?

  • Juliette Goubeaud
    April 8, 2024 12:06 am

    This is such an interesting project idea and I would love to see the end product as I think it is a really cool idea. I was wondering if you’ve had any experience or exposure with magnetic components like you want to use in order to have more ease or success with the floating part of this?

  • Grreshan,
    I think this project looks really interesting. Steam punk relies on a lot of metallic components. I am curious what manufacturing methods and materials you plan on using. Are you going to use wood or other materials to mimic to metal aesthetic? Or use metal and machine it?


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