P18365: Team GDDS


Project Summary Project Information

Machine tool design involves the sizing and selection of various elements that provide the motion required to make the machine work. The elements need to be sized and selected based on the precision and force required for the process while taking into consideration the control and accuracy of the complete system.

One element that can provide such motion is a direct drive motor. While direct drive motors are used in machine tool design today, additional investigation is required to determine the appropriate design parameters for selecting and sizing the motors for a particular application.

The objective of this project is to develop a system where parameters that define the performance of a direct drive system can be modified and tested for viability in the final machine tool. The short-term goal would be to create the hardware necessary to mount and test a direct drive system according to the design parameters of a proposed future design. The long-term goal is to more deeply understand the impacts of motor selection, drive sizing and position feedback accuracy on smoothness of motion and dynamic stiffness of the system.

Project Name
Gleason Linear Controller
Team Name
G.D.D.S. (Gleason Direct Drive System)
Project Number
Project Family
Automated System and Controls
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Harold Paschal, hapddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer and Sponser
Mike Walker, mwalker@gleason.com

Team G.D.D.S. Members

(Left to Right) Miguel Gutierrez, Rayan Rajkhan, Drew Laudenslager, Tristan Scott, Michael Gydesen

(Left to Right) Miguel Gutierrez, Rayan Rajkhan, Drew Laudenslager, Tristan Scott, Michael Gydesen

Member Role Major Contact
Rayan Rajkhan Project Manager Industrial Engineering rr8757@rit.edu
Miguel Gutierrez Fabrication & Validation Lead Mechanical Engineering mag6963@rit.edu
Michael Gydesen Mechanical Design Lead Mechanical Engineering mpg5815@rit.edu
Drew Laudenslager Control Systems Lead Electrical Engineering dml4479@rit.edu
Tristan Scott Electrical Hardware Lead Electrical Engineering tps3388@rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase

The table shown below contains links to each of the major Project Phase EDGE nodes created throughout the project.

Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)

Work Breakdown: By Topic

The table included below contains links to relevant documentation created by team G.D.D.S. throughout the execution of Gleason's Linear Controller project.

Project Management Design Tools Design Documentation Implementation Validation Presentation & Dissemination

P18365 PRP




Risk Management

Problem Management

Communication & Minutes

Use Cases


Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Concept Selection


Mechanical Drawings

Electrical Schematics

Software Diagrams

Facility Layout



Test Fixtures


Test Plans

Analysis Results


Test Results

Design Review Documents

Technical Paper


Imagine RIT Exhibit

Additional Documentation

This section is intended to be a space for the team to add further documentation that is otherwise not included in any Topic or Phase (see sections 'Work Breakdown: By Phase' or 'Work Breakdown: By Topic').

Meeting Minutes

Customer Meeting Notes

Project Design Reviews Documentation

Peer Reviews



Team G.D.D.S. would like to thank our customers, Gleason Chief Engineers Mike Walker and Steve Condor, for their continued support throughout the project. Thank you to the project's sponsor, Gleason, for their resources including but not limited to their facilities and engineering guidance. Thank you to the team's guide, Harold Paschal for the continued advice. Finally, thank you to Prof. Elizabeth DeBartolo and Christine Fisher for their support.