You have been assigned the task of providing a conceptual study (preliminary design

| April 14, 2018

 You have been assigned the task of providing a conceptual study (preliminary design) for a mousetrap powered collision avoidance vehicle. Details for the requirements of the mousetrap powered vehicle are described as follows: The vehicle must start from behind a start-line and then clear an obstacle as it travels the longest possible distance in the longitudinal direction from the start line (see the figure provided). The device must come to a rest as close as possible to a point directly inline from its start location (i.e. minimize the transverse distance). The device must ONLY be powered by an unmodified, single, off-the-shelf, snap-style mousetrap (supplied but lecturer). The vehicle must be purely passive, with no electronics or any other power sources other than the mousetrap. The vehicle must always traverse along the ground (i.e. the vehicle cannot leave the ground; it must go around the obstacle). The obstacle will be located directly in front of the vehicle start position and will be 1m in width. The vehicle must fit within a 250mm x 250mm x 250mm envelope at all times. Only a single action can start your device and there is no allowable rigid fastening to the ground (i.e. gluing, bolting, clamping, etc.). The vehicle will operate on polished wooden flooring within building 32 lecture theatre. 
You must hand sketch (i.e. no CAD models), at least four different concepts for your device design to fulfil the required task (above). The final selected conceptual design must be ready for detailed design, where the overall concept is viable as a successful product with major materials and manufacturing techniques selected and off-the-shelf components are identified (where applicable). 
The deliverable is a complete concept feasibility study that includes: 
1. Product definition and feasibility of initial concepts, provide the following (6 marks): 
• Product Design Specification of the problem, which clearly states the problem constraints and criteria 
• Illustrations of at least four (4) different viable concepts – labelling main design features 
• Evaluation of the four (4) different concepts and selection of one concept 

2. For the selected concept in Part 1, provide the following (4 marks): 
• A more detailed and accurate illustration of the chosen concept – this diagram should label all features that define the concept (i.e. there should be a label detailing each feature and justification why it exists) 
• Describe the manufacturing techniques that will be employed to construct your device 

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