Title

Self-Spotting Bench Press Proof of Concept

Lead Author Major

Mechanical Engineering

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Faculty Mentor Name

Kyle Watson

Faculty Mentor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Abstract/Artist Statement

With the growing trend of gym memberships and a population focused on being healthy, there is a need for a machine to eliminate the need for a human spotter to assist a person when they struggle performing bench press exercises. This self-spotting bench press was designed and fabricated as a proof of concept that would not hinder or alter a workout and would introduce to the public the necessity for safer exercise equipment. The self-spotting bench press provides enough force to lift a minimum of 30 lbs and is able to handle daily fatigue for a long lifespan. Moreover, it is user friendly, provides a safe environment for all users, and is responsive to the user’s struggles during bench pressing via a foot pedal switch. Through the analysis of SolidWorks Simulations, dynamic calculations, and real world stress tests, the machine was determined to have met all set criteria while being within the budget funded by the School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Location

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Start Date

7-5-2020 2:30 PM

End Date

7-5-2020 4:00 PM

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Self-Spotting Bench Press Proof of Concept

School of Engineering & Computer Science

With the growing trend of gym memberships and a population focused on being healthy, there is a need for a machine to eliminate the need for a human spotter to assist a person when they struggle performing bench press exercises. This self-spotting bench press was designed and fabricated as a proof of concept that would not hinder or alter a workout and would introduce to the public the necessity for safer exercise equipment. The self-spotting bench press provides enough force to lift a minimum of 30 lbs and is able to handle daily fatigue for a long lifespan. Moreover, it is user friendly, provides a safe environment for all users, and is responsive to the user’s struggles during bench pressing via a foot pedal switch. Through the analysis of SolidWorks Simulations, dynamic calculations, and real world stress tests, the machine was determined to have met all set criteria while being within the budget funded by the School of Engineering and Computer Science.