Basic CAD, Spring 2016, Instructor: Diau Hall

Connection Project (2016)

For this project, we were asked to create a connection between two objects that we would design in SolidWorks. These connections were meant to be temporary, and their "connected" state should be obvious. We were asked to create a design that could not be easily fabricated in the real world, but instead would utilize the ability for our objects to be "grown" using 3D printing.  Rapid prototypes of our designs were made to test our connection theories.


I decided to design two objects that would interact as a maze of sorts. One object would be the maze key that would navigate the other object, the housing, which would have the maze built into it.

In its connected state, the key rests inside the housing. There are built-in grooves in the housing to make it easier to pick up the key, and there are dimples in the key to make it easy to hold. In order to navigate the maze, the user must rotate the key at almost every corner. The key will not pass through the maze unless it is oriented the correct way, as its sides are dimensioned differently.