What do we do?
To put it in simple words, we solve problems by making new stuff. Starting off with an idea or a problem statement, we brainstorm new ideas and design and prototype our own new product. Almost every product that DC has made so far is one that had never been made before. So much so that it wouldn't be too wrong to call us an Innovators' Club. In doing so, we come across a variety of topics and skills that help us learn the practical side of engineering and the complexities, abilities and considerations involved in the real life application of mind to matter.
What projects do we work on?
Choosing a problem statement or an Idea to work on is a crucial task before starting a project and we give ample importance to it. Choosing a problem statement or an idea involves considering factors such as the feasibility of the idea, the need for the product, the learning experience and the appeal to members' interests. We are open to working in any field and in the past, have worked on projects in several fields such as healthcare, robotics, agriculture, automotive, defence, environmental and industrial. The project we choose to work on can be inspired by a problem statement that we identify, an exciting new idea that we come up with, an engineering problem offered to us by another organisation or even a problem in a competition by an institution or industry.
How do you go from problem to solution?
The process of going from choosing a problem to work on to developing a working prototype of the solution can be roughly said to comprise of 4 steps:
Research involves getting familiar with the engineering expected to be involved in the product, the factors that will be influencing the design and the considerations to be kept in mind while designing a new solution. It can also include developing experiments to test certain ideas or collect data that would be useful for ideation.
This is the step where new ideas take root. Teams brainstorm for solutions to the problem chosen in groups and scrutinise as well as develop or enhance each other's ideas to finally reach a potentially viable solution.
3. Design, Analysis, Calculation and Optimisation
Once a potential idea is decided, it needs to be verified as well as optimised to bring out the best results from it. It is modelled in 3D CAD models for better visualisation and calculations are carried out through simulation software or code to arrive upon the parameters of the systems involved in the product. The solution is then subjected to various analysis procedures that allow us to simulate and redesign the system before we prototype it.
Once we are clear about the solution and it's design, we begin to prototype the solution. The fact that our products are completely new means that we often don't get ready made parts that we want off the market. So what do we do? We make them ourselves using fabrication techniques ranging from milling and sawing to even 3D Printing and Laser Cutting.
An important thing to note is that none of these steps is completely independent of each other. Often, results obtained or observations made from one step require us to revisit certain previous steps and make changes.
What fields of engineering are involved?
Since we do not limit ourselves to any particular field, it leaves us open to anything and everything that could be a part of the idea to solve the problem. Most of our projects involve a good mix of circuital and non circuital fields with topics ranging from kinematics, material strength and mechanics to signal processing and control systems to vibrations, CFD and aerodynamics. Working on multiple projects allows us to learn several different topics and the software tools involved such as MATLAB, Arduino, ANSYS and many more depending on the project.
Do you take part in competitions?
Yes! We have taken part in several competitions in the past organised by IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, Maruti Suzuki, VIT, Caterpillar, Bajaj and our very own NITT's Pragyan to name a few as well as academic conferences organised by NITs and IITs. Feel free to check out the accolades section of the website. Competitions act like an additional motivation to achieve our solution and also, we wouldn't want to miss out on the travel with friends, would we?
When and how do we induct new members?
Inductions are usually carried out after the end of your second semester in college and go on till a couple of weeks into your third semester. Inductions are a great learning process for applicants to learn new concepts as well as software tools. Inductions are open to all branches. In addition, we also organise a workshop - Techathlon, and a product designing contest - Contrive, both exclusively for first years. So if you are a first year, watch out for these two!
Check out this short video about our club that we made for the Freshers' Orientation 2020!
In addition to this, you can check out the rest of our website to get an idea of the projects that we have completed and the accolades that we have won. We are also on Instagram, Facebook and Linkedin, the links to which are given at the bottom of the page.
If you have any questions for us, do feel free to reach out to any of the numbers mentioned at the bottom of the page.