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Old 10-07-2015, 03:13 AM   #1
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Hi guys, figured if anyone would have any ideas it would be the people on this forum. I have a design project (its really just a CAD class) coming up and I can't think of anything. I need to come up with a new product or a modification or improvement on a design that already exists, and then model it in CAD/Creo. Basically my requirements are

1. Identify design problems (recognition of a need).
2. Explore alternative solutions (conceptual design).

I just really can't even think of a problem that hasn't already been solved.

Anyone here have anything that bugs them and wish it was designed differently?

tl;dr pls halp, my only ideas were go fast bits for my car/bike but that isn't complicated enough lol.
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Hi guys, figured if anyone would have any ideas it would be the people on this forum. I have a design project (its really just a CAD class) coming up and I can't think of anything. I need to come up with a new product or a modification or improvement on a design that already exists, and then model it in CAD/Creo. Basically my requirements are

1. Identify design problems (recognition of a need).
2. Explore alternative solutions (conceptual design).

I just really can't even think of a problem that hasn't already been solved.

Anyone here have anything that bugs them and wish it was designed differently?

tl;dr pls halp, my only ideas were go fast bits for my car/bike but that isn't complicated enough lol.
One project I've designed in my head already is adjustable top hats. That way you can alter ride height, and dial in the piston location and bump/droop ratio exactly how you want it, as well as test different settings back to back quickly. I won't say my design though :P

Design a pedal box for dual master cylinders that bolts to the factory studs?

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isn't complicated enough lol.
Design a suspension bridge to support an oil pipeline with a diameter of 48" running across the Bering Strait from the north side of Залив Лаврентия, Росси́я to a point between Tin City and Wales, AK.
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Design a suspension bridge to support an oil pipeline with a diameter of 48" running across the Bering Strait from the north side of Залив Лаврентия, Росси́я to a point between Tin City and Wales, AK.
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Brake duct inlets for a GV lip.
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Master cylinder brace that is bolt in and adjustable.
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Master cylinder brace that is bolt in and adjustable.
This is actually pretty good. Might be kind of difficult for me to model but might actually just do this.

EDIT: Definitely doing this.
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Design a suspension bridge to support an oil pipeline with a diameter of 48" running across the Bering Strait from the north side of Залив Лаврентия, Росси́я to a point between Tin City and Wales, AK.
Too easy, i want a challenge.
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This is actually pretty good. Might be kind of difficult for me to model but might actually just do this.

EDIT: Definitely doing this.
I thought you wanted something complicated. I could probably draft a MCB in a couple of hours. Plus, it's already been done, a lot.
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Kosei K1 in 15x9 with 6UL offset.
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I thought you wanted something complicated. I could probably draft a MCB in a couple of hours. Plus, it's already been done, a lot.
Brake duct inlets for a GV lip

I await your CAD files for printing.
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Kosei K1 in 15x9 with 6UL offset.
and a 1:1 cad knockoff of Emilio while you're at it
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This is actually pretty good. Might be kind of difficult for me to model but might actually just do this.

EDIT: Definitely doing this.

I like this product idea, and it will give you a chance to use a lot of the different functions in creo. Make sure you learn/use/teach yourself surfacing- then you can teach me.
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I thought you wanted something complicated. I could probably draft a MCB in a couple of hours. Plus, it's already been done, a lot.
this has the perfect amount of assembly stuff (a requirement for the project), but im also gonna need to model the MC. also it can be done so many ways (not saying they're all good ways) that I can add a personal touch to mine. as far as being complicated, some of my classmates are making **** like soap dispensers so I think ill be ok lol
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i wouldve killed for these back when i had a miata
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Build a low cost, fixed RPM water brake dyno :

- Design an adapter between a 4x100 bolt pattern and the input of a torque converter.

- Convert this torque converter to a water brake unit with a manual inlet adjustable flow valve

- Design a support with a torque arm so you could measure the brake torque that is able to withstand jacking a car

- Build a 2nd package for a second wheel

That would be stage 1, then :

- Design a closed loop control with rpm pickup and load control that balances torque between the water brakes and that adjusts load to a fixed rpm

- Keep the cost of everything well under the price of a Dynapack (this is the objective where you separate the men from the kids)

This is actually on my to-do list as I do not have access to a dyno where I'm living (nearest is a 3,5h drive). You could even separate this project between different classes and finish this as a final project.
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design a new oil pick up tube for your defective EJ257 one
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When I took CAD/CAM, I designed and built a set of adjustable rearsets for my brother's bike.
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Brake duct inlets for a GV lip

I await your CAD files for printing.
Give me measurements and pictures of the backside of the lip and I could do it if I have a few spare hours. Of course it'd be a lot easier if I had a GV lip.
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