In the spring of 2015, I took ENGN1000: Projects in Engineering Design with Professor Joseph Fontaine and Ian Gonsher. For the final project, my group and I designed and built a trebuchet kit. We conducted research on existing trebuchet kits and set out to make a better product that would include easy-to-follow directions and allow for multiple configurations and usages. Our final product is made out of laser-cut Baltic Birch wood, 3D-printed pegs, nuts and bolts, string, and cloth.
The booklet we made presents historical background on trebuchets, assembly instructions, and calculations that will be useful for the user. With the help of the booklet, this kit is designed to teach children about the history of the trebuchet, the power of levers, and how applied physics concepts lead to higher efficiency.