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# Designing Prototypes

## Use Calculus to Minimize the Production Cost for a Company

Introduction In the next few days, you will design and create a prototype of a container for the energy drink company LimitlessEnergy Inc. LimitlessEnergy has decided that they are spending way too much money on their current containers for their energy drinks. They contacted New Prairie and specifically asked that the calculus students help them with their new design! They would like you to design the most inexpensive container possible for one of their four energy drinks (Unbounded, Infinity, Absolute Max, and Limitless). Guidelines While LimitlessEnergy Inc. wants you to be creative and make the design your own, there are a few guidelines that you will need to follow: The can must be a cylindrical shape The volume of the can must be 3.5 in3 The material for the top and bottom costs \$0.02 per in2 The material for the lateral face costs \$0.01 per in2 Net of a cylinder
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## Requirements With your group, you will need to complete 5 tasks:

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1. Determine the dimensions and cost of the most cost effective container (you will need to show any method(s) that you used and all calculations). You will be turning in a page with your calculations. Present them in a clear and concise way. 2. Create a 3-dimensional model of the container using Google SketchUp. You will be turning in the printed version of the model. 3. Print a 3-dimensional prototype of your model using the 3D printer. 4. Design a label (to scale) for the container for one of the four energy drinks listed above. Attach your label to the container! 5. Present your model to the class. Each group will put on a presentation. Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to: a. Discuss the method chosen to solve b. Walk through the calculations c. Provide the final dimensions and cost d. Be creative! You are trying to sell your product to LimitlessEnergy Inc. Suggested Timeline 12/3: Brainstorm ways to determine the minimum cost. Start calculations. 12/4: Finalize calculations. Design 3D model using Google SketchUp. Design label. 12/5: Finalize the label and model. Print the 3D model. Prepare for presentations. 12/6: Presentations and final thoughts