P08602: Tile Layout Tool


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Project Overview

We will develop a device specifically for the tile installation market. By automating a very labor intensive process this product will save contractors and installers lots of time and man power, in addition to increasing the quality of the product.

Using data collected from P08604 this project will design and build a device to cut a single Vinyl tile to fit in said gap.

Design is planned to consist of a CNC style controls for a router to cut tile. A simple router and end mill can be used on Vinyl to minimize cost and increase probability of success. CNC device may be replicated with two linear actuators and subsequent programming.

Final Recruitment-Commercial

This project will save tile layers enormous amounts of time, energy, and money. Joining this team will be an exciting experience of taking a device from concept to prototype, with plans to take to market. This will be a great Entrepreneurial experience that anyone could develop into a business of their own. System designing, interfacing, and trouble shooting will be very representative of real-world engineering problems, and will be a very exciting learning experience!!!

Automated Tile Cutting Device

Administrative Information

Project Name
Dozier Ceramic Tile Layout Tool
Project Number
Project Family
Construction Industry Technology
Entrepreneurship and Business Development Track
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Professor Timothy Landschoot (Mechanical Enginering)
Project Manager
Ryan Hellems (Mechanical Engineering)
Faculty Consultant
Dr. Mark Kempski (Mechancial Engineering)
Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Primary Customer
Eula Dozier
Customer contact information
Mr. Eula Dozier
Cell 414-5599 (Preferred method, before 11 pm daily)

Team Documents

This outline for the posting of team created documents follows the general product development process presented in the textbook "Product Design and Development" by Ulrich and Eppinger.

Portions of the team documents have been prepared by a DPM student prior to the launch of this project. This information is intended to help get the team started with a first draft needs assessment and work breakdown structure. The team members can adapt this information as the project progresses.

Keep in mind that everything you include in this web tree is visible to the world and the general public. If you have documents that reflect work in progress, or contain data that has not been fully vetted, then it may be better to include those internal working documents in the private section of the web tree, or in the project repository proper, outside of the web tree. Note that anyone with Guest or higher memberhsip in your project can read your entire project repository. Anyone with an Editor or higher membership can makes changes to your repository. All Observer members can view, but not edit, the web portion of your repository.

These links provide a basic starting point for your team to prepare a comprehensive web site about your project.

All pictures are protected by Patent 60890638, owned by Eula Dozier.
Corner attachment

Corner attachment

Clip of Prototype in "action" (by Reid Williamson)

Helpful Background Links

Internal Parts of Prototype

Bill of Materials for Prototype

Potential Project Savings based on Interviews.xls


Mission Statement

Customer Constraints

Staffing Requirements

Intellectual Property Considerations

Preliminary Work Breakdown Structure

Team Values and Norms

Grading and Assessment Scheme

Required Resources

Concept Development

Identify Customer Needs

Establish Target Specifications

Generate Product Concepts

Select Product Concept(s)

Test Product Concept(s)

Set Final Specifications

System Level Design

Product Architecture

Detail Design

Design for Manufacturing and Assembly

Robust Design

Design for the Environment and Sustainability

Design for Reliability

Design for Safety

Testing and Refinement


Published Documents

As you conclude the project, include links to all of your finished and fully polished documents here. The previous sections of the web site contain the entire design history of your project. This section contains the finished products. Add more links as needed.

Concept Level Project Plan (DPM)

Preliminary Project Plan (DPM)

Needs and slides omitted from above presentation (DPM)

Final Project Plan (DPM)

Final Recruitment-Commercial (DPM)

Concept Design Review Documents (SD I)

Detailed Design Review Documents (SD I)

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD I)

Technical Conference Publication (SD II)

Poster Publication (SD II)

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD II)

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