BIRD Current Research Projects

Overview

The building blocks of prosthetics come in many materials, shapes, and sizes. To create lightweight yet sturdy prosthetics, we explore 3D printing in plastic, carbon fiber, steel, and titanium. In addition, we investigate different methods of actuation such as miniature 3D printed gearboxes for fingers and twisted coil polymers. While some of these parts may look like something out of Star Wars, these are more than just computer-generated images. These prosthetics are real and they work for real people.  

Additive

Date: 8/21/17
Additive parametric drawings
Student Researchers: John Mullison Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Kivett 

Project 2 was entirely centered around the mechanical and tectonic relationships that occur and should be controlled in a structure. The second half of the semester began with an analysis of fields and diagrams; my study is shown here. The 13x13 array of identical empty 1-inch by 1-inch squares was composed and set to follow a  very specific linear advancement, to convey a larger exponential growth illusion. Each row and column (corresponding to horizontal or vertical expansion) changes in a constant flow, yet retains individuality throughout. The assignment grew into a hypothetical Denver structure, with four (or more) stacked arrays to convey the original intent of your motif. 

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BIRD Past Research Projects

Additive

Date: 8/21/17
Additive parametric drawings
Student Researchers: John Mullison Faculty Advisor: Jennifer Kivett 

Project 2 was entirely centered around the mechanical and tectonic relationships that occur and should be controlled in a structure. The second half of the semester began with an analysis of fields and diagrams; my study is shown here. The 13x13 array of identical empty 1-inch by 1-inch squares was composed and set to follow a  very specific linear advancement, to convey a larger exponential growth illusion. Each row and column (corresponding to horizontal or vertical expansion) changes in a constant flow, yet retains individuality throughout. The assignment grew into a hypothetical Denver structure, with four (or more) stacked arrays to convey the original intent of your motif. 

Additive