Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 4-24-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Scott Kilpatrick

Second Advisor

Michael Gill

Third Advisor

Jack McClurg

Relational Format




The senior capstone which students in the Center for Manufacturing Excellence program partake in was the basis for project. The Dog Box is an elevated dog feeder with an internal food storage compartment. It was designed for medium to large dogs, and can hold over 40 lbs of dog food. The internal storage compartment has drawer access and contains a plastic tote that will hold the food. The purpose of the design was to create an aesthetically pleasing elevated dog feeder that would double as a storage device, and elevated feeding can help prevent health issues in large dog breeds. There were four different design iterations before the fourth and final design was confirmed. The final design featured a wooden exterior with a polyurethane finish, two bowls, a laser engraving, two satin nickel knobs, and a soft close drawer which contained the plastic tote. The manufacturing process utilized a panel saw, radial arm saw, table saw, table saw with a dado blade, finish nailer, brad nailer, impact driver, laser engraver, waterjet cutter, hand sander, and a vacuum. Multiple fixtures and poka yokes were used throughout the process to improve manufacturability, efficiency, and quality. A quality product was created within the scope, cost, and time of the project.

Included in

Manufacturing Commons



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