University of Twente Student Theses


Sparkfun Case

Leussen, Jeffrey van (2012) Sparkfun Case.

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Abstract:This project has been executed as a final bachelor assignment of Industrial Design Engineering at the University of Twente. The assignment is a part of Project SOFIE, a project that wishes to create Intelligent Assisted Bicycles to mainly improve knowledge on the stability with regards to elderly cyclists. The project is in partnership with the University of Twente. The goal for this assignment is divided into two parts. The first part is the primary goal to design and produce a casing for the velocity and cadence logger used during project SOFIE. The second part is to support the additional aspects of the project related to Industrial Design, if time allows. This includes possibilities such as the design of a mounting system for the casing or a logo design for Project SOFIE. The project commenced with an orientation, revolving around the fact that many components and requests for the case were already defined within a set of excluded possibilities. This orientation generated a framework for the rest of the project. With the guidance of the supervisor, literature research and additional expert reviews, the analysis and design process could commence, proving to be a most difficult challenge. For an improved overview and structure of the final product, the product layout has been conveniently arranged into smaller sections, making sure to include any kind of factor or component that needs to be defined. The first concept proposals of the design have been examined by experts with expertise on production possibilities, afterwards applying this advice to create the first prototype roadmap. After the production of the first prototype, evaluation has been applied to the two most important aspects. The first tests were to determine the success of the interface and appearance related issues. The tests for this part have been evaluated in collaboration with the supervisor, partners and target group specific users. The second test has been dedicated to review the durability of the design by simulating frequent use and extreme situations. As a final result, after satisfying both the evaluation and the supervisor, the produced casing will provide a solid foundation for communication towards the users and (potential) partners, becoming a powerful tool for project SOFIE.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:20 art studies
Programme:Industrial Design BSc (56955)
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