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Camryn Rogers M.E.S.S.I Product Proposal and Timeline Introduction and Statement of Purpose Many people enjoy ice skating, but they do not play ice sports. There are ice skates designed specifically for ho
   Camryn Rogers M.E.S.S.I Product Proposal and Timeline ntroduction and Statement of Purpose   Many people enjoy ice skating, but they do not play ice sports. There are ice skates designed specifically for hockey players and figure skaters, however there are no skates designed to accommodate the recreational skater. Hockey and figure skates do not retain the qualities that would maximize the success and enjoyment of a recreational skater. Therefore, I am going to design a blade specifically for the recreational skater. This design will prioritize the balance of the skater while still allowing for speed and maneuverability. My design will be based off of a pre-existing blade, while making the necessary feature adjustments to maximize balance while still retaining the nature of skating. My project will consist of four components: videos, a flyer, a report, and a 3D model. I will begin by taking videos of 6 recreational skaters of varying skill levels and physical backgrounds. They will perform a series of actions in both figure and hockey skates, testing their ability to balance, gain speed, and maneuver around obstacles on the ice. I will then analyze these videos, observing how people interact with the different blades and which blade features maximize balance and speed. I will use this information as research for my design. Then based off of both the videos and my previous internet research, I will craft an innovative and practical design for a recreational blade. Then I will write a professional engineering report over the creation of the design, the outline of which I have already obtained from the Purdue Owl website. This will enhance my communication skills and ensure that I properly document all of my research and justifications behind my design. I will then put this information on flyers that I can distribute to people at final presentation night, and that I can put on my engineering portfolio. The purpose of the flyer is to communicate what the design is, how it varies from what is currently available, and why the new design will be a better blade for the recreational skater. Lastly, I am going to model the blade and have it 3D printed as a tangible representation of the design. iew of Skills and Research   I have already conducted research into the features of figure and hockey skates. I consolidated this information into a chart that compares the function, features, types, size, and considerations of each blade. I have also already conducted research on how to write a professional engineering report and double runners. I have found a good website to create my flyers (LucidPress) and I already know that I am going to be able to make the 3D model on Autodesk Inventor. The information that I still need includes the video research that I am going to conduct and more in-depth research into the science behind the blade. I need to secure a location for the printing of the 3D model. I also need to research the physics and dynamics behind the blade of an ice skate and how altering certain features will affect it’s performance. Basically, the remaining research will be any information that I need in order to create the design. I’ll need to be able to identify the parts of the blade and their functions, and how   Camryn Rogers M.E.S.S.I Product Proposal and Timeline changing them will change the way that the blade works. I will also need to learn how to write an official report. The main skill that I will need is the ability to analyze pre-existing goods and innovate new ideas in order to enhance and improve those goods. My methodology is largely spelled out in my timeline, which includes every step that I am going to take in order to accomplish my goal. The timeline is present below. CompletedIn ProgressIssue Date (all Saturdays) Due February 25 ● Timeline ● Product debrief ● Comparison chart (figure and hockey) March 4 ● Requirements based off of a survey I create gauging the important qualities of a recreational skate**included in debrief under “constraints” ● Research on how to write a professional engineering report ● Research on where to get flyers done and software to design it March 11 (weekend after Spring Break) ● Take 3-5 people to skate and video them using hockey and figure skates doing certain activities ●  Written us analysis of all of the videos that I took ○ Including conclusions based on video research ○ States current issues with using hockey/figure skates as recreational skates ● Initial ideas for blade design ○ Including justification based on videos and previous research (including physics) March 18 ● Revised design based on feedback by instructor, mentor, and peers March 25 ● First draft of completed research paper April 1 ● Final draft of paper due ● Initial flyer completed online April 8 ● Revised (final) flyer design due ● Order to have printed by Sunday after revising (30 copies)   Camryn Rogers M.E.S.S.I Product Proposal and Timeline April 15 ● Location and date of 3D printing confirmed April 22 ● 3D computer model due April 29 ● 3D printed model, speech, and visual (powerpoint) May 6 ● Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse! The materials that I anticipate needing and their costs*:  VideosFlyers3D Modeling/Printing Materials Anticipated Cost 6 recreational ice skaters (Praneetha, Preetika, Manu, Rozha, Brandon, and Alec) $0.00 Admission into the ice rink in order to take the videos $12.00  Video camera and memory card $0.00 LucidPress software $0.00 50 copies of the flyer (8.5x11) glossy $24.00 3D printer (CTE center) $0.00 AutoDesk Inventor $0.00  Video editing software $0.00 Total Cost: $36.00 *note: one requirement that I placed on this project is that it will cost no more than $100.00 I anticipate that my project will be a large success, as it is something that I am passionate about. I have already put much thought into how I am going to create my design and communicate it to others. Through this experience, I will learn how to coordinate with others and conduct research myself. I will also learn how to edit videos, write a professional engineering report, request materials and aid from outside entities, and create an effective flyer. Furthermore, I will have to learn from my mentor what it actually means to design a   Camryn Rogers M.E.S.S.I Product Proposal and Timeline product and the process that leads up to the final design. I may end up needing more than the two allotted weeks that I gave myself for the design, but I anticipate it being a largely fluid design until I finalize it in the flyer and 3D modeling. Time permitting, I hope to create an argument for adopting the recreational blade into ice rinks. In the end, I believe that the result will consist of a very proud and exhausted Camryn and an applicable ice skate blade that fulfills its requirements. However, I am not sure how I am going to test the blade to see if it actually does increase balance and allow for moderate speed and maneuverability because the farthest that I am going to go is a 3D printed model. This will be something that I need to speak with my mentor about and get her opinion on. This blade will obviously be useful to the recreational ice skater. Realistically, my design will not be adopted by any companies or rinks, so it will have no application to the real world. Though, it may introduce the question of creating a recreational blade and if it would be a financially beneficial thing that would bring in more business and encourage people to learn how to skate. If I end up creating a really good and practical design, I will probably pursue a patent for the design and try to get it manufactured. Previously, I had never thought about literally manufacturing the blade, but my mentor said that I may be able to convince a company to work with me, or she may know someone, who would manufacture the blade. If that happens, then I can attach the blade to a boot that I could buy on Amazon and actually test the blades! That would be amazing! However, I don't know how the manufacturing process works, so it may not be feasible, but it’s an inspiring thought. I am going to speak more with my mentor about this idea and begin asking around to discover if this can be an addition to my existing plan. I have a strong feeling that with spring break coming up I will be able to accelerate my schedule, so I’m expecting great things.
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