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Team Vision for Problem Definition PhaseDuring the Problem Definition phase of the design process we, as a group, improved our understanding of the project, our group and the engineering process involved. This was done through collaborative work, independent assignments and MSD defined objectives.
During these three weeks our team meet twice weekly and held digital discussions in between meeting times. During these moments the following concepts where further explored:
- Problem Definition
- Customer Interview
- Engineering Requirements
- Customer Requirements
- Individual Roles
Project SummaryKeller’s Kats is a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue organization operating in the greater Rochester area through a series of foster homes that take in unwanted cats. They rescue high risk cats, such as those with disabilities and deformities, in kill shelters and take in cats from various sources. Currently Keller’s Kats has two kittens with limited mobility, Trey and Delilah. Both cats are incapable of independent use of their rear legs for movement.
The goal of this project is to create two mobility assistance devices for each cat. Each cart must take into account the kittens’ current and future growth, be tailored to the unique qualities of the paralysis of each cat and enhance the quality of living for these cats. The device must be light weight, wearable for extended periods of time and fall within a budget of $250 for each cart. The goal of this device is to enhance the mobility of the cats by allowing them to travel up and down stairs, as well as function in outdoor terrain.
Project Goals and Key DeliverablesThe customer expects two fully functional mobility enhancing devices within the defined parameters.
- Completed design for display by ImagineRIT
- Functional prototype by start of MSD II
- Improved quality of life for customer
- Cat cart for partial paralysis
- Cat cart for full paralysis
- Means to reproduce/modify design for future customers
Customer Requirements (Needs)During an interview with the customer, several questions where asked to determine the customer requirements. Below is a link with the questions asked and the answers provided, as well as additional information about the client.
Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)
- Customer (Cats)
- Manufacturability of end product