Team D was required to use Creative Design Thinking to create unique AEV designs using the design considerations provided to the team. Some of the creative design thinking techniques given were using a notebook, brainstorming, attribute listing, drawing, construction, research and lateral thinking, assumption smashing, and fail fast. Team D’s primary goal was to create a design that would exceed the sample AEV and then to choose a design the team thought was the best.
Each team member created their own AEV design in an orthographic format. Team D lettered the designs A, B, C, and D. Design A was Alexander Enders’ design, Design B was Zachery Moser’s, Design C was Jon Misich’s, and Design D was Caleb Tincher’s.
Alexander Ender’s Design was meant to be as small and aerodynamic as possible. As a result of this, he based his design off of a fighter jet. While the team deemed that the design would be low cost and successful in moving the cart, the team also decided that the small size of the craft and the placement of all of the components on top of the jet would leave little room to expand and potentially compromise the safety of the craft. As a result, the team did not choose this design to move on to the Advanced Research & Development stage of development.
Zachery Moser’s design was meant to mimic a real-life monorail. Caleb Tincher had a similar design with some small design changes. Notably, Zachery’s craft was slightly smaller, had a thicker outer foam shell, and had a different placement of the internal components within the shell. While the craft was safe, aerodynamic, light, and cheap, because of the placement of the parts to the wrong side it was deemed that the craft could drag along the rail. This resulted in the team not choosing to move this design on to the Advanced Research & Development
Jon Misich’s design was based off of common aircraft and how their wings work. This design was most similar to Alexander Ender’s, but contained an internal compartment to store the components of the craft, and a much larger body for added safety. The weight distribution within the craft was great, and had more aerodynamics that any of the other craft. While the craft was slightly heavier than the others, more expensive, and the lift provided by the wings could have potentially hindered the craft going backwards, this was one of the designs chosen to move forward to Advanced Research & Development.
Caleb Tincher’s design was also meant to mimic a real-life monorail. This is due to the aerodynamics of the craft and the fact that the monorail can move both forward and backwards with the same aerodynamics. As compared to Zachery’s, the design was meant to be more lightweight and utilize more of the original parts from the kit to cut down on costs. While Caleb’s craft also had the internal components placed where they should not have been, they would not have tilted the design as much as Zachery’s, and between the tough choice of this craft or his the team decided to go with Design D.
Final Group AEV Design: