每位同學需設計開發一件聚合物製成的載具（點選這裡(PDF)，如櫥櫃門的安全拴設計實例，可以避免幼兒取得清潔劑）。這個設計需用工程製圖完成如SolidWorks® 或 AutoCAD®繪圖軟體，並包含材料規格和加工方法等。材料選擇計算，應力分析，需包含在設計書面報告。設計圖需植入Microsoft® PowerPoint®或其他發表簡報軟體，並在第38和39次上課發表。你可以在整個學期間構思，你必須先速讀McCrum第8章以便提早開始。
3.064 Polymer Engineering is one of DMSE's three restricted electives in polymers (the others are 3.062 Polymer Chemistry and 3.063 Polymer Physics). 3.064 is aimed at design, including those aspects of processing, structure and properties of polymers needed in materials engineering designs using these materials.
The subject carries 3-0-9 credit, so approximately three hours of outside work should follow each lecture hour. These outside hours will include a thorough reading of various sections of the McCrum text as assigned in the Schedule, and usually one engineering problem. The reading should be done before the next class meeting, and the problem should be turned in at the next class meeting as well. (Occasionally your personal schedule may force you to delay a day, but try to avoid this.) No penalty will be assessed for the occasional late submission. Grading will be based on the quality of the submitted problems, the vigor of your in-class discussion, the three quizzes, and the design you will present at the end of the term.
Each student will develop a design for a polymeric load-bearing article (Click here (PDF) for an example design of a cupboard-door safety latch, such as would keep a toddler from getting at the cleaning fluids.) The design will culminate in an engineering drawing such as would be rendered with SolidWorks® or AutoCAD®, to include a specification of material and processing method. Materials selection calculations, stress analyses, etc., will be included in the design writeup. The design drawing will be imported into Microsoft® PowerPoint® or other presentation software, and presented to the class during session 38 and 39 respectively. You should be working toward this design during the entire term, and you should skim chapter 8 of McCrum early to get started.
Student collaboration on homework is permitted and encouraged, but all work to be submitted should then be worked out and written up on your own. Copying directly from "bibles" or other such sources is cheating, although studying prior solutions can be an effective learning aid. Common sense should be exercized in this. Computer solutions are encouraged when appropriate; Maple® is excellent for many of the assigned problems.
There are no formal recitations, but you are encouraged to make frequent use of the Instructor's office hours for assistance or just informal discussion.