P16419: Marketable, Stackable Seed Starter Kit
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Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation

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Welcome to the final section of the MSD P16419 Seed Starter Kit Edge Site!!! Here you can find the final documentation for your viewing pleasure along with individual links to each document.

NOTE: The assembly instructions are in .PDF form and the CAD model is submitted as a .STP file, for use with any CAD program.

Team Vision for Final Demo and Customer Handoff

Our final design met all of the customer and engineering requirements. The final design will consist of a semi enclosed container that will help educate students about agriculture and plant life. The unit consists of a blue LED light to grow the seeds more efficiently. Students will be able to monitor certain conditions within the unit. Temperature, soil moisture, and light intensity will be shown on a display screen for students to visually see the ideal conditions for growing seeds. Students and teachers can even store the data through a laptop to see the changes over a period of time. For being a continuation project our main goal was for the unit to fit on counter tops in classrooms and at homes. Our project meets this size constraint to allow for the unit to be marketable and used in many different ways. The unit is also stackable to allow for multiple units to be used within a given space. Our original design was supposed to start the process of growing seeds and later be moved to a garden. However, the versatility of this kit allows it to be a year round system by replacing the light. Overall, we are handing of a final design that we are proud of and something our customer can truly enjoy.

Test Results Summary

First off, here is the functional decomposition of our unit. It details exactly how the unit has been designed to function and who was responsible for each section. You can find the entire document Here.
Functional Decomposition

Functional Decomposition

Below is an image of the Customer Requirements from the test plan document. It shows the initial customer requirements. Below that are the engineering requirements and test results. It shows a short description of the test, the ER and CR which it relates to, the marginal values for the result, and the tested result and whether or not it was a pass or fail. You can find the full test plan document Here.

Customer Requirements

Customer Requirements

Test Plan

Test Plan

Risk and Problem Tracking

Below is the final iteration of the risk chart. All of the risks have been driven to a value of 1 for liklihood to happen, therefore they are all at their minimum value. You can view the final document Here
Final Risks

Final Risks

Final Risks Graph

Final Risks Graph

Below is the final project tracking of the year. Most items have been completed successfully. You can view the full document Here

Final Project Tracking

Final Project Tracking

Final Project Documentation

Below you can see the abstract of our technical paper. It describes in short the design process and decision making process. You can view the entire paper Here
Technical Paper

Technical Paper

Below you can view our Imagine RIT poster.

Imagine RIT Poster

Imagine RIT Poster

Here you can view the final CAD file. It is downloadable as a .STP file Here

Final CAD Model

Final CAD Model

The final bill of materials can be seen briefly below. For an expanded version of the document,click Here

Final BOM

Final BOM

Below is the cover page of our assembly and instruction manual. It contains step by step assembly instructions, materials lists, and all supplementary drawings and diagrams. You can download the entire document (as a PDF) Here

Final Assembly Instructions Cover Page

Final Assembly Instructions Cover Page

Below is a sample graph of the data pulled from the sensors.

Sample Data Chart

Sample Data Chart

Below is a step by step instruction on how to install and set up puTTy. The full document, which includes a link to the website to download can be found Here

Putty

Putty

Putty

Putty

Putty

Putty

Putty

Putty

Plans for Wrap-up

There are a couple of additions that we feel will improve the overall functionally and appearance of our project. The side screen design was something where we could improve on the most. Our current design uses a fiberglass bug screen attached by Velcro. The current screen functions well but the Velcro attachment needs improving. Either a stronger Velcro needs to be used or another type of connection needs to be created. The use of a magnet or inserts into the aluminum extrusion rail would be ideal but would cost more which is the reason we went with our current design. At Imagine RIT several people would have liked if a self-watering system could have been added. These are some changes a future team can look more into. Just as with anything there is room for cost reduction and should be looked at closer. If the overall price could be reduced the product would be a lot more marketable.

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