Projects

SCOPE Projects

The Senior Consulting Program for Engineering is a year-long senior capstone project at Olin. Small teams work on projects for outside sponsors in the areas of robotics, computer vision, product design, and many others. Some projects contain a significant mechanical component to the work and require extensive work in the shop. One such project, for Vision Agrobotics, involved the design and fabrication of a LIDAR mount on an autonomous tractor. This particular project required the use of the waterjet cutter and welding capabilities.

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Principles of Engineering: CNC Toaster

The Principles of Engineering course at Olin College is required of all students. It gives them the opportunity to combine electrical and mechanical design. This particular project required the use of a PIC microcontroller. One group of students elected to design an Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) toaster.

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Mini-Baja

The Olin College Mini Baja team spends hours and hours designing and fabricating an off-roading vehicle for the Society of Automotive Engineers college design competition. The team makes extensive use of the capabilities of the Olin College Machine Shop, particularly for welding.

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Babson MBA Projects

Each year Babson MBA students are required to create a prototype of a new product as well as a plan to market it. In the past the prototyping of the designs were conducted at other sites. However in 2003, Babson students were able take advantage of the prototyping capabilities of the Franklin W. Olin Machine shop. The students worked closely with the Machine Shop Personnel who then transformed the ideas into prototypes.

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Pneumatic Mole Project

In 2002, NASA released a paper explaining the Mars Underground Mole. The MUM was designed as a soil spectrometer for the Martian landscape, and uses electricity to drive itself into the ground. The MUM will eventually be used on Mars. In 2003, Olin students Joe College, Brendan Doms, and Keoni Mahelona were given the task to take NASA's MUM and make a pneumatic version.

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