Product Analytic and Modelling Laboratory (PAM Lab) is a design and development oriented facility in the School of Engineering Entrepreneurship at IIT Kharagpur. Technology based product design and development is central to innovation and engineering entrepreneurship and performance in this function provides competitive edge to any manufacturing business organization. Forward engineering has been the conventionally used in design, but simultaneously reverse engineering in recent time has occupied a prominent position and has drawn the attention of researchers as well as practitioners and entrepreneurs. It is increasingly being realized by the product developers that re-engineering through the process of feature based reverse engineering is a very effective method for product redesign.
In the PAM Lab, we can reverse engineer a part, make improvements through design modifications, and generate a prototype that can be used to test the new design. The Lab has capabilities of: 3-D Laser Scanning and points cloud generation supported with Portable Coordinate Measuring Machine (PCMM with Laser Scanner), Digital Inspection of physical parts, Reverse Engineering of physical parts to CAD format as 3D solid model, CAD geometric configuration and creation of rapid prototype of parts in polymers with metal inserts (Rapid Prototyping Machine). The Lab is backed-up with software capabilities for computer aided engineering and simulation.The equipment and instruments like Digital Welding Machine, Electric Sheet Metal Cutting Tool, Digital CRO, Digital Signal generator, Digital Signal Analyser, Soldering station, Digital Infrared Thermometer, in the lab are being used for developing, testing and optimising mechatronic products.
This Lab supports product development (PD) efforts by students PD projects, research scholars, the technology business incubatees, entrepreneurs, and start-ups as well as established industries to create 3D models from physical parts and products.
Currently there are five research scholars working in this lab. Using the CAD/CAE and supported with statistical software, work on design optimization of gearbox-product has been undertaken and the methodologies developed have been reported in the reputed journal and conference.
Product prototypes are being developed by the students (Dual Degree M.Tech.) of the School using the facilities in this lab. Smart switch, for energy saving, has been prototyped here, by the student-start up (Alive Home Technologies) and the product-based business plan got selected for the final round presentation for RICE B-Plan Competition 2017, competing globally.
The Experiments in the lab are also video graphed for demonstration in class lecture.