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Using an Engineering Design Process to Design an Extendable Desk

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2021 Illinois-Indiana Regional Conference

Location

Virtual

Publication Date

April 16, 2021

Start Date

April 16, 2021

End Date

April 17, 2021

Conference Session

Posters and Workshops

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Workshops and Posters

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1

DOI

10.18260/1-2--38280

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https://strategy.asee.org/38280

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40

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Meredith Magee University of Indianapolis

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Mark A Sciutto University of Indianapolis

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Current mechanical engineering student in my junior year. Apart of the track and field team.

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Alexander Quinn Ruble University of Indianapolis Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0001-5227-7843

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Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Indianapolis

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Abstract

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect our daily lives, we want to create a solution to the problem many students, teachers, and workers have been facing: having an uncomfortable, and inadequate in-home working environment. Our goal is to create an extendable desk that folds down to the size of a normal office desk when not in use but can also expand out to give the user more room to work. We started our design process by interviewing different customer segments to understand the pains and gains of our customers and form requirements for our product. The desk should be able to be easily and quickly converted from folded to extended, without causing the user any issue. From customer interviews, we also found that people want the desk to include a standing option, so the user can choose their preferred working height. Another feature interviewees seemed interested in was some sort of built-in storage option on the desk. Having a way to keep organized is important to this project. Since most students are doing more work in their dorm, or at home, and a lot of industry workers are working from home, providing a comfortable, and workable desk is our goal. After doing research on ergonomics, and materials best suited for the desk, we have been able to come up with unique designs of extendable desks in order to create a solution. With our final design, we will be testing and prototyping to design a comfortable and effective work environment for users.

Magee, M., & Sciutto, M. A., & Ruble, A. Q. (2021, April), Using an Engineering Design Process to Design an Extendable Desk Paper presented at 2021 Illinois-Indiana Regional Conference, Virtual. 10.18260/1-2--38280

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