Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 4-30-2021

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Center for Manufacturing Excellence

First Advisor

Mike Gill

Second Advisor

Eddie Carr

Third Advisor

Scott Kilpatrick

Relational Format



This Capstone project is intended to demonstrate the process of product development for a modular cutting board from design to production by applying manufacturing principles, utilizing the stage-gate format, and developing a marketing plan. The guiding principles for the project would be the implementation of lean manufacturing and analyzing the quality, performance, lifecycle cost, and time needed for market introduction. Team voting and assignment occurred in Manufacturing 451 in Fall 2020, and the project was completed during Spring 2021. Teams were required to meet outside of class time in order to discuss ideas and build designs. Lab times were scheduled in advance with the assigned technician, Richard Hairston, to utilize the equipment on the factory floor to create a prototype. The team consisted of five group members pursuing degrees in mechanical engineering, accounting, banking and finance, and general business. After developing a product plan, the team built and documented the process to create a working prototype. The team conducted market research and developed a cost strategy that would make full scale production of this product possible. The ultimate goal for the project would be to ramp up production to 12 boards in one production line. Projections for the materials and labor requirements for larger scale production, future sales expectations, pricing, and demand estimates were forecasted after prototype completion.



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