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Overcoming Hectic Schedules: A 4-Week Design Journey

In today’s fast-paced world, juggling multiple responsibilities and deadlines has become the norm for many professionals. As a team leader, I recently encountered a significant challenge when it came to completing a design project within a tight timeframe. Due to the hectic schedules of my team members, we faced numerous obstacles along the way. This article aims to shed light on our four-week design journey, highlighting the steps taken to overcome these challenges and ultimately deliver a successful result.

Weeks 1-3:

Finding Parts and Designing Components The initial phase of our design process involved extensive research and component sourcing. We scoured the internet for suitable parts that aligned with our project requirements. Each team member played a crucial role in identifying and evaluating potential options.

Simultaneously, we dedicated our efforts to designing each individual component meticulously. Collaboration and effective communication were paramount during this stage. We relied on the expertise of each team member to design parts that seamlessly fit together. My role, specifically, was to focus on assembling the components made by my teammates, while also designing additional elements such as the weapon, belt drives, and other necessary components. It was crucial to ensure proper spacing and compatibility among the various parts.

Week 4:

Solidworks, Materials Assignment, and Weight Optimization With three weeks dedicated to component design and sourcing, the final week was critical for finalizing our project. We utilized Solidworks, a powerful computer-aided design software, to bring our ideas to life digitally. Solidworks allowed us to visualize our design in 3D and make necessary adjustments before moving forward.

During this phase, we assigned appropriate materials to each component. Material selection played a vital role in achieving the desired functionality, durability, and performance of our design. It was essential to choose materials that were compatible with the specific requirements of each component.

Moreover, we faced the challenge of ensuring that the overall weight of our design remained within a specified limit of 5 pounds. This required careful redesigning and optimization of certain components. We leveraged the capabilities of Solidworks to analyze and simulate the weight distribution, making necessary adjustments to achieve the desired outcome.


The completion of any design project within a hectic schedule presents its fair share of challenges. In our case, the four-week journey proved to be both demanding and rewarding. By dedicating the initial three weeks to parts sourcing and meticulous component design, we ensured a solid foundation for our project. The final week’s focus on Solidworks, materials assignment, and weight optimization allowed us to fine-tune our design and meet the project’s requirements.

Throughout the process, effective teamwork, collaboration, and effective communication were crucial. Despite the hectic schedules that initially posed a challenge, our team’s determination, expertise, and commitment to excellence prevailed.

While the journey may have taken longer than anticipated, the end result was a well-designed product that met our objectives. This experience has reinforced the importance of adaptability, problem-solving, and teamwork in overcoming obstacles and achieving success in the face of demanding schedules.