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Prototype Machine Shop


The function of science is to measure that which is measurable and to make measurable that which is not” — Helmholtz

The Machine Shop specializes in basic prototype work with a straight forward approach, aimed at getting the job done. Borrowed from The Standard Handbook of Machine Design, Shigley and Mischke, 1986, the lists below may be helpful in getting the design ball rolling.

A general design criteria may include the following:

  • Function
  • Safety
  • Reliability
  • Cost
  • Manufacturability
  • Marketability

The general procedure for design brings into account:

  • Identification of need
  • Problem statement or definition of goal
  • Research
  • Development of specifications
  • Generation of ideas
  • Creation of concepts based on the ideas
  • Analysis of alternative concepts
  • Prototype and laboratory testing
  • Selection and specification of best concept
  • Production
  • Marketing
  • Usage (maintenance and repair)

Though it may seem a formal process many of these points are unconsciously brought into play at the lab bench, sketching out on a humble piece of paper towel.

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Faculty of Health Sciences

McMaster University
Room 4N19
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario – Canada – L8S 4K1

Phone: (905) 525-9140 ext: 22213 Fax: (905) 528-8539

Contact: Bert Visheau