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ENGR 1611 -- Intro to Mechanical Systems: Understanding your audience and design constraints

Searching existing literature can help you avoid reinventing the wheel...

Who are you designing for? What products are already in the market? What information exists about your chosen manufacturing technique?

Example sources

Example journal articles (note the classic IMRaD structure -- Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion)

Wei, Yiran, Krapp, Holger G., Huang, Jiaqi V, & Krapp, Holger G. (2019). A biohybrid fly-robot interface system that performs active collision avoidance. Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 14(6), 065001.

Example review article (a summary of research on a topic):

Daniela Rus, & Michael T. Tolley. (2015). Design, fabrication and control of soft robots. Nature, 521(7553), 467-475.

Example of a seminal work that gets cited over and over again in current research:

Brin, Servey, & Page, Lawrence. (1998). The anatomy of a large-scale hypertextual Web search engine. Computer Networks and ISDN Systems, 30(1), 107-117.

Example of an engineering handbook:

Finding more sources on your own