Engineering - Exam Papers - HL - Project - 2013

150 Marks

Design Brief

  1. Introduction

    Electromechanical games of skill and chance, such as the crane vending machine, date back to the early 20th century. One design of this machine, popular in amusement parks and arcades, presents a unique opportunity where the payload of the game is lifted and dropped. The challenges of the crane vending machine are to judge precisely the distances which the crane will move to collect a payload, to then lift the payload and finally deposit it through a selected hatch.

    Design a model of a crane vending machine to the general specifications outlined below using a table tennis ball as the payload.

    The model should :

    1. Have a lifting mechanism capable of picking up a table tennis ball from a designated area, using a lift, grab or suction technique;

    2. Incorporate a switching panel to operate the various movements of the crane;

    3. Include a novel receiving platform for the released table tennis ball with a number of hatches of various scoring results.

    Presentation of the completed model should ensure that :

    1. All main operating features are clearly visible without dismantling.

    2. The longest dimension of the model does not exceed 350 mm.

    3. Electric power does not exceed 9 volts.

  2. Design Process (40 marks)

    A design folio must be compiled which will detail your :

    1. Analysis of the given brief and investigation of possible solutions;

    2. Criteria for selection of your own individual solution and production drawings/plans;

    3. Testing and evaluation of your design solution;

    4. Special instructions, if required, regarding the testing of the solution by the examiner.

    Note: Marks are awarded as shown in Marking Scheme (below).
    Computer-aided design (CAD) should be used where possible.

  3. Design Realisation (110 marks)

    Using appropriate materials, make the model according to your own individual design plans. Computer numerical control (CNC) technology should be used, where possible, to support manufacture. You are required to manufacture and assemble all the parts, subject to the following guidelines :

    1. Standard components may be used to support the assembly and interconnection of various parts;

    2. Unnecessary recycling will result in lost marks. Recycling will be acceptable only in cases where a complex part cannot readily be made in the school;

    3. Bought-in electronic solutions will result in lost marks;

    4. Adhesives, if used, should be applied sparingly.

    Marks are awarded as shown in Marking Scheme (below).

  4. Project Presentation

    Your completed project consisting of the model and design folio, both clearly identified with your examination number, must be available to the visiting examiner.

    Marks are awarded for quality of presentation and finished appearance of both the model and folio.


Marking Scheme

Analysis of brief
5 marks
Investigation of solutions
10 marks
Criteria for selection of solution
5 marks
Production drawings/plans
10 marks
Testing and evaluation
5 marks
Presentation of folio
5 marks
40 marks

Model satisfies brief
5 marks
Constraints observed
5 marks
10 marks
Function (does it work?)
10 marks
Choice of materials
10 marks
Choice of processes
10 marks
Suitability of assembly techniques
10 marks
Suitability of parts and functions
10 marks
Application of skills
10 marks
Safety considerations
10 marks
Quality of work
10 marks
Presentation of model
10 marks
110 marks