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Screwless mounting of cover for sensor

Lindberg, Michael LU and Reerslev, Otto (2021) MMKM05 20211
Product Development
Abstract
This report covers the development process of finding the best attach method for a plastic cover to a metal chassis of a sensor. Several manufacturers of electronic equipment use screws as a semi-permanent way of attaching a cover to their product. However, this method is not always appreciated as it takes up volume in the product and makes the exterior of the product unattractive.
The project has iteratively explored several possible methods for attaching two parts and proceeded to create prototypes of three different methods. The prototypes were created by 3D-printing and thus allowed several physical tests to be carried out. By using workshops as a tool for evaluation, the prototypes were iteratively improved. Though, as this project... (More)
This report covers the development process of finding the best attach method for a plastic cover to a metal chassis of a sensor. Several manufacturers of electronic equipment use screws as a semi-permanent way of attaching a cover to their product. However, this method is not always appreciated as it takes up volume in the product and makes the exterior of the product unattractive.
The project has iteratively explored several possible methods for attaching two parts and proceeded to create prototypes of three different methods. The prototypes were created by 3D-printing and thus allowed several physical tests to be carried out. By using workshops as a tool for evaluation, the prototypes were iteratively improved. Though, as this project seeks to find the best solution, there was a single concept which turned out to be superior and thus being the result of this thesis project.
The final result of this thesis is a concept utilising a snap-fit attachment mechanism for attaching the two parts. Whilst a button press is required for releasing the snap- fit and thus also the parts.
The thesis concludes that the best solution with a snap-fit and a button release for the cover of a sensor would make the installation simpler given the fact that the assembly requires fewer steps, shorter time and no tools. Even though the solution was not proven to be more intuitive than a screw solution, it was still intuitive to install and disassemble. (Less)
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author
Lindberg, Michael LU and Reerslev, Otto
supervisor
organization
course
MMKM05 20211
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Screwless attachment, sensor, plastic cover, chassis, installation, product development
language
English
id
9054396
date added to LUP
2021-06-15 10:20:07
date last changed
2021-06-15 10:20:07
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  abstract     = {{This report covers the development process of finding the best attach method for a plastic cover to a metal chassis of a sensor. Several manufacturers of electronic equipment use screws as a semi-permanent way of attaching a cover to their product. However, this method is not always appreciated as it takes up volume in the product and makes the exterior of the product unattractive.
The project has iteratively explored several possible methods for attaching two parts and proceeded to create prototypes of three different methods. The prototypes were created by 3D-printing and thus allowed several physical tests to be carried out. By using workshops as a tool for evaluation, the prototypes were iteratively improved. Though, as this project seeks to find the best solution, there was a single concept which turned out to be superior and thus being the result of this thesis project.
The final result of this thesis is a concept utilising a snap-fit attachment mechanism for attaching the two parts. Whilst a button press is required for releasing the snap- fit and thus also the parts.
The thesis concludes that the best solution with a snap-fit and a button release for the cover of a sensor would make the installation simpler given the fact that the assembly requires fewer steps, shorter time and no tools. Even though the solution was not proven to be more intuitive than a screw solution, it was still intuitive to install and disassemble.}},
  author       = {{Lindberg, Michael and Reerslev, Otto}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  note         = {{Student Paper}},
  title        = {{Screwless mounting of cover for sensor}},
  year         = {{2021}},
}