Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2022

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Center for Manufacturing Excellence

First Advisor

Rick Hollander

Second Advisor

Denise Theobald-Roberts

Third Advisor

Mike Gill

Relational Format



The purpose of this thesis is to analyze and discuss the product development process of a new product design of the commonly used disc golf basket as was executed through the Center for Manufacturing Excellence 2022 Senior Capstone Project. This project was executed over the course of the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 University of Mississippi undergraduate semesters by a team of six, consisting of two mechanical engineering students, one finance student, and three accounting students. The end goal of the project was to develop a production plan to produce 1,000 units a month based on market demand and analyze the effectiveness and profitability to determine the feasibility of implementation. The project began with team formation and a project management plan to meet predetermined goals and deadlines while distributing tasks equally amongst team members. This was followed by process and design creation for a prototype which led to design and process changes and costs analysis, finally resulting in a production plan. Post production analysis included discussion of why and how the decisions were made along the product development process and the effects of those decisions. Hindsight analysis of the consumer market, cost implications, and additional design and process improvements led to data driven discussion of the effectiveness of a wooden disc golf basket. The authors of this thesis will discuss the ideal vs actual implementation of manufacturing and design principles in relation to this project.

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