Precision Machine Design

An illustration of a interlocking pipe sections.

An example of exact constraint using kinematic design, from the 2.75 lecture notes. (Image by Prof. Martin Culpepper.)


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Fall 2001



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Intensive coverage of precision engineering theory, heuristics, and applications pertaining to the design of systems ranging from consumer products to machine tools. Topics covered include: economics, project management, and design philosophy; principles of accuracy, repeatability, and resolution; error budgeting; sensors; sensor mounting; systems design; bearings; actuators and transmissions; system integration driven by functional requirements, and operating physics. Emphasis on developing creative designs, which are optimized by analytical techniques applied via spreadsheets. This is a projects course with lectures consisting of design teams presenting their work and the class helping to develop solutions; thereby everyone learning from everyone's projects.

Martin Culpepper, and Alex Slocum. 2.75 Precision Machine Design, Fall 2001. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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