P08604: Tile Layout Tool


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Project Overview

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This project is a spin off of a purely mechanical prototype that Mr. Eula Dozier brought to RIT in hopes to improve his design. Two out of five teams are looking into improving Mr. Dozier's design without changing the basic concept of it. This project is taking the basic customer needs and advancing the idea into a device that consists of more than just mechanical components.

The tile marking and cutting process is currently a very difficult process. Tiles are laid starting in the center of the room and moving to the walls so that no tiles need to be cut yet. Once the room is filled with the field tiles (center uncut tiles), the edge tiles need to be laid which is where the problem comes in. Right now, the only technology out there is a china pencil!! The tile to be cut is laid directly and perfectly on top of an edge field tile. A second tile is then laid on top of the tile to be cut and is butted up against the wall. A line is then drawn with the china pencil along the edge of the second tile. The tile to be laid is then cut and the section that was not covered by the second tile can be laid in place, after some minor cutting adjustments. Currently, only one tile can be measured and cut at a time.

This device will be designed to make the measuring aspect of tile laying faster and more accurate. This device will manually ride along the edge of the field tiles and measure the distance it is from the wall using a laser measuring device, a data acquisition device and a data storage device. This will allow the device to measure more than one tile at a time, and because of the distance laser measurer, it will allow the device to measure much more accurately. The data acquisition device will take all the data from the laser distance measurer and store it on a flash drive, floppy disc, etc. The data can then be taken to P08602 where it will be uploaded. The tile will then be cut by that project's device and will be able to be laid perfectly into place.

Sponsored by : Rochester Institute of Technology

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Basic Concept of Project

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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
Project Manager
Cortney Ross
Project Manager Contact Information
Email Me!
Faculty Guide
Professor Timothy Landschoot (ME)
Faculty Consultant
Dr. Mark Kempski
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Primary Customer
Mr. Eula Dozier
Customer Contact Information
Mr. Eula Dozier
Home 426-4457
Cell 414-5599 (Preferred method) before 11 pm daily
DO NOT CALL during MONDAYS 3 pm - 7pm, and he teaches a Quickbooks class at the Vet's center.

Tile Layout Projects

Note: All Team Leads also wrote the PRP's unless noted

P08601 - Dozier Tile Layout Tool: Design for Production

Team Lead: Paul Galyo

P08602 - Automated Tile Cutting Device

Team Lead: Ryan Hellems

P08603 - Redesign of Tile Marking Tool for Mass Production

Team Lead: TBD
PRP Written By: Jeremy Schiele

P08605 - Dual-Function Tile Tool

Team Lead: Reid Williamson

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.

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After you get started on the project, you may want to replace these introductory paragraphs with a photograph of your team. Near the conclusion of your design project, you may also wish to include a photo of your finished product.

First Presentation

Second Presentation

Third Presentation

Original Prototype

Short Clip of Original Prototype

Corner Attachment

Isometric View of Prototype

Top View of Prototype

Side View of Prototype

All Prototype Pictures


Mission Statement

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

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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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