Saturday, June 7, 2014

Things that help you decide when to dispose a component or part

For engineers who have workshops in their homes or interested in DIY projects, the following is a survey to decide which component you have to dispose and which you have to keep and store.



This is a copy from an Excel sheet implementing this survey. After finishing this survey, you will be able to decide if you have to dispose the part or not:

Question
Answer
Considered answer
Point
Do you think you can use this part later?

Yes
0
Do you think this part may inspire you in your design? Car designers for example may be inspired by an old electric iron

Yes
0
Do you do lots of DIY projects?

Yes
0
Does this part contain toxic materials?

No
0
Does this part have flammable or explosive gases inside?

No
0
Is this part or component is a standard part

No
0
Do you have a CAD drawing for it?

No
0
Do you plan to draw a CAD model for it?

Yes
0
Is this part difficult to draw in CAD program using the simple measurement tools?

Yes
0
Do you have enough descriptive pictures for this part?

No
0
Do you the price of this part or component?

No
0
Did you get this part or component out from an expensive device, machine, …?

Yes
0
Is its material unique, rare, expensive, difficult to get easily?

Yes
0
Does this part have some unique physical or chemical properties? e.g. High hardness, unique color, low curie temperature, very high thermal conductivity, high transmitivity for certain wave length,… etc.?

Yes
0
Do you plan to make some destructive testing on it, so you need as many pieces as you can collect?

Yes
0
Did you finish all required tests on this component and documented them?

No
0
Is it rust-resistant?

Yes
0
Is this part available in your country? (or have you to buy it from other country)

No
0
Do you know its both commercial and scientific names, so you can search later for it on internet?

No
0
Does it have any label, name plate, model, serial, bar-cade, QR code, …?

No

Do you know its material? If no, so you have to keep it till you know its material

No
0
Is this part an extruded profile, so you can cut it and keep a small sample for the profile section

Yes
0
Will this part age with time, so it will loose its critical properties?

No
0
Is this part old, so it is no more produced nowadays?

Yes
0
Does this part have a small size?

Yes
0
Does this part have a regular shape so it can be stacked if you have many of it?

Yes
0
Is this part easy to clean?

Yes
0
Is this part easy to make in local workshops?

No
0
Is this part cheap to make in local workshops?

No

Do one or more of your friends have this part?

No
0
Do one or more of your friends know what is this part?

No
0
Did you produced this part, so you want to keep it for memory?

Yes
0
Do you know the full specifications of this part?

No
0
Do you know the contact information of the supplier or manufacturer producing this part? Do you have any chance to know?

No
0
Do you know how did you get or find this part?

No
0
Do you remember when did you get this part?

No
0
Does this part have a very nice or visual-pleasant cosmetic shape?

Yes
0
Is this part manufactured by a non-traditional manufacturing technique like 3d printing, CNC machining, ….?

Yes
0
Is this part is a fully-functional-prototype?

Yes
0
Is this part a mock-up?

Yes
0
Was this component a part in assembly? Does it have a potential to be assembled into new assembly design?

Yes
0
Is this part manufactured in your country?

No
0
Is this part manufactured in mass-production?

No
0
Is this part or component sortable or can it be stored in place that you can reach easily?

Yes
0



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