Document Type


Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2016


Mechanical Engineering Technology

Committee Chair

Charles Pringle

Second Committee Member

Roger Beardsley

Third Committee Member

Dr. Craig Johnson


The project was motivated by an ASME 2016 design challenge. The challenge was to design and manufacture a device that would turn a single sheet of paper into a paper airplane and launch it. The project was divided into three portions. The proposal was biased on loading the paper into the machine, design and manufacture the machine frame and provide a reliable power source. A slow rpm motor was needed for the loading mechanism to prevent the paper from being damaged. To avoid any deflection in the frame, the total weight of the machine had to be considered. The shear and moment diagram was used to calculate the reaction forces, and to calculate the proper thickness of the material being used. Four motors were used for the paper loading and folding processes, in which each motor has fifteen RPM. Additionally, two linear actuators were used in the paper folding process. Moreover, the launching process required two motors each have fifteen thousand RPM. All of the motors that been mentioned require a twelve-volt battery. Both the launcher motors and the actuators were connected to a single battery. For the other motors, each two motors were connected to one battery. Each battery was connected to on-off switch. As a result, the process that the paper goes through, from loading to folding and finally launching, has been manually controlled.


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