First-place at the ASME Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference Student Design Competition went to a team of mechanical engineering students from the University of Texas Dallas for the second year in a row.
In a project sponsored
by Essilor of America, Zain Shariff, Joey Nahlous, Gerardo Ramirez, Bayron
Murillo and Luis Soria developed a machine that can measure how well coatings
like anti-reflective materials adhere to optical lenses.
“I think the team did
an outstanding job on a very challenging project,” UT Dallas mechanical engineering clinical associate professor Robert Hart said. “The students worked hard from
the beginning and delivered a machine that is ready to be used without any
further modification. The award was fitting recognition for a truly outstanding
The testing replicated by the UT Dallas
team’s machine is typically carried out by hand, with an operator applying tape
to a lens and quickly removing it to see if the coating or its residue is
removed. The students developed a lens holder and a smoothing tool that could
apply adhesive material to the full range of lens shapes and sizes.
“There was no set
standard to the process, so we used a high-speed camera to observe the
operator’s movements in pressing down and pulling up,” Soria said. “For our
prototype, we used pneumatics because we can control the speed by regulating
the flow of air entering and leaving the actuators…The competition was tough,
but I think one of the advantages of our project is that it was complete, from
start to finish."
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