Michigan Engineering recently hosted Design Immersion, an event which aims to introduce more than 200 new Engineering students to a crash course in creativity. Students this year were tasked with creating a Rube Goldberg machine-a device that uses a series of complicated actions to accomplish a simple result.
In the case of Design Immersion, students aimed to propel a ping-pong ball 10 feet in the air toward a target. Teams were presented with a variety of ordinary materials such as a KNEX motor, cardboard, duct tape, cups/spoons, and various office supplies. Additionally, students this year were given a crash course in 3D modeling by Stephanie O’Malley, and 3D Printing by Shawn O’Grady, allowing them to design a 3D Printed part to incorporate into their process. From 3D printed flippers, scoops, or popsicle stick holders, the teams guided by mentors went about designing their parts in Solidworks or 3D Studio Max and then printing them on the new Cube 3 3D printers.
At the end of the event, over 35 teams assembled in the EECS Atrium to test their Rube Goldberg machines head to head with the winning design hitting its target 3 out of 3 tries. For more information on the Design Immersion event and to see photos from this years competition, visit the Michigan Engineering page here.