Dynamics of Machine Elements Rube Goldberg Project

MEEN 363, Dynamics of Machine Elements, covers the kinematics (motion) and kinetics (causes of motion) of machine elements such as linkages, cams, and gear trains. The goal of this project is to give you an opportunity to gain experience designing, analyzing and implementing a variety of machine elements to accomplish a task.  To maximize the design space and promote creativity I have chosen to take a Rube Goldberg-style approach to the problem. Student teams will be asked to complete a simple task using as many steps as possible. Each step will require an appropriate analysis of kinematics and kinetics.  

Contest Details: 
Louisiana Tech University
305 Wisteria St,
Ruston, LA 71272

Fee due at Registration: 0

Contest limited to first 6 teams to register. Open to north Louisiana academic institute, College Level.
The Thingery
University Hall Keeny Circle
Ruston, LA 71272
February 19, 2014

Doors open for set-up: noon
All machines should be set up by 4:00 PM.

Doors open for contest at 6 PM
Contest starts: 6:30 PM
February 17, 2014 5PM Central
Bill Dia

Phone: 318-257-5212


  • To-Do List 2/09:Bought materials that we believed were about the last necessary things for most of the rube goldberg (pending any modifications, of course)2/10-2/15:-Will hopefully ...
    Posted Feb 8, 2014, 2:02 PM by Taylor Ashton
  • Project Update 2/8/14 Since project report 2, our superteam has constructed the frame, and we brought all additional supplies. The frame is a 3' x 3' x 4' box made of plywood. Each ...
    Posted Feb 8, 2014, 2:02 PM by bth013@email.latech.edu
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OwnerDescriptionDue Date
Kelsey McHalffey Kitchen II members need to meet with the super-team to discuss when and how the overall structure will be made. January 26, 2014 
Kelsey McHalffey Team gets all materials together. February 5, 2014 
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January 22, 2014 Vaughan Bogran 7:00 - 9:30 (PM) Ryan Gilbert and Vaughan Bogran met to work on each step design. 
January 23, 2014 Kelsey McHalffey 6:30 - 9:00 (PM) Kelsey McHalffey, Subash K.C., and Vaughan Bogran met to work on team's site. 
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