Reverse Engineering & Manufacturing Process Analysis

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The project had two objectives:

  • Reverse Engineer a waterproof, wireless bluetooth connected shower speaker
  • Improve its manufacturing processes by applying better Design for Assembly principles

Following results were achieved.

  • 25% reduction in plastic
  • 50% reduction in screws
  • Reduced device size

 

 

 


My Role

Team lead

Ideate on materials reduction methods

Researched on Bill of Materials

Helped with improving design

Delegated tasks, coordinate with team members

Documentation


Taking it apart

Exploded View

Exploded View

Understanding the Process

The first step toward understanding manufacturing processes began with taking apart the device.

After taking apart the device, we created a bill of materials. It was an important step to analyze materials and their composition. This helped us understand the quality of materials, availability and environmental impact. The device is comprised of more than 20 parts.

Redesign

The outer shell of the speaker could be reduced in size, thus reducing the amount of materials used for manufacturing them. Additionally, a 50% reduction in the number of screws was possible. With some tweaks in design that combined the circuit board placement and the outer shell, a 3D model was designed for printing. The final outcome was a speaker shell that used 25% less plastic and 50% less number of screws. 

The speaker provided the same acoustic quality with the new shell as it did originally.


Team Members

Jesse Park, Keegan Duane D'souza