Engineering the Bottle Cap Opener

At BYU, the engineering Capstone senior project year is now underway. There are 179 students. The first two weeks included lecture on the fundamentals of product development by Professors Carl Sorensen and Brian Jensen regarding Opportunity Development, Architecture Development, Subsystem Engineering, System Refinement, Producibility Refinement, and Post-Release Refinement. It’s going to be a great year.

During the second week, students were divided into teams of 3 for a one week mini-project; the development of a 2-Liter bottle opener. On Friday we were impressed with the creativity and market thoughtfulness that went into each design. We saw descriptions, sketches, drawings, videos, prototypes of cardboard, paper, plastic, and yes, even 3D printed functional models. Concepts included puncturing spigot devices to extract the drink from the top or the bottom, multi-knob hand cranks with various gripping techniques, and even the riffle shooting lever to open the bottle from a distance. All students and coaches were given 8 post-it notes for multi-voting to go around and evaluate all the concepts. The winner? A sleek key-chain mounted compliant mechanism gripper device complete with video presentation to enhance desirability and transferability.

Congratulations to all BYU Capstone student mini-teams for your great start. Next week, the real teams and the real projects. I repeat; It’s going to be a great year.IMG_1269

About Kenneth Richard Hardman

AncestorClips are very short stories about very real people. Each clip nurtures awareness of a time, a place, and the character of a man or woman who cultivated a path for our life. The reader feels the good, the obstacles, the happiness, the sadness, and the overcoming. They cheer us, make us resilient when challenged, give us purpose, and connect us to our multi-generational family. Each story is followed by reflections from the author and readers sharing how the story strengthened or inspired them. Ken Hardman is a son, a brother, a grandson, a great-grandson… He is also a husband, father and grand-father. Ken is a professional engineer, engineering mentor, technical writer, and associate technical fellow at a major aerospace company. He is a writer of engineering and family history stories. Please join Ken in reading, reflecting upon, or writing #AncestorClips
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2 Responses to Engineering the Bottle Cap Opener

  1. Transferability refers to the activity or documentation to communicate an idea or design to someone else such that it can be fabricated or repeated.

  2. What is the meaning of transferability in the context of this article?

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