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.  

Amache

Date: 7/11/18
Principal Researchers:
  • Kat Vlahos
  • Mike Nulty
  • Tucker Hancock
Location: Amache Japanese American Confinement Site – Granada, CO

The Amache Japanese American Confinement Site or Granada War Relocation Center was located in southeast Colorado near the town of Granada. Amache was named after a Cheyenne chief’s daughter, wife of John Prowers.

The relocation center was in operation from August 27, 1942 and closed in 1945. The maximum population was 7,300. Most of the internees were from southern California including Los Angeles. The central section of Camp Amache was 640 acres (one square mile), made up primarily of 29 blocks of Army-style barracks. Each block had a mess hall, laundry, toilets, and a shower room. There were also shared administrative facilities such as a hospital, school, recreation buildings, a public library, dry goods store, barber shop, sewage plant, and post office. The internees were encouraged to make improvements to the center and responded by constructing three koi ponds and gardens, and planting trees between rows of barracks. A barbed wire fence surrounded the central section of the center with six watch towers along the perimeter. As in most of the relocation centers, armed military police manned the towers.

This site was documented using LiDAR, 3D laser scanning for the purpose of generating a highly accurate 3D model of the site, buildings and structures. In addition to scanning the Amache site, buildings and objects that had been moved off site to museums were also scanned. This allowed for the documentation of additional objects such as the koi pond bridge and original barrack buildings. The scanning and post processing was completed by The Center of Preservation Research’s Mike Nulty and Student Research Assistant Tucker Hancock.

This effort was completed in partnership with the National Park Service’s Japanese American Confinement Site Grants Program and the University of Colorado Denver, College of Architecture and Planning.

BIRD Past Research Projects

Amache

Date: 7/11/18
Principal Researchers:
  • Kat Vlahos
  • Mike Nulty
  • Tucker Hancock
Location: Amache Japanese American Confinement Site – Granada, CO

The Amache Japanese American Confinement Site or Granada War Relocation Center was located in southeast Colorado near the town of Granada. Amache was named after a Cheyenne chief’s daughter, wife of John Prowers.

The relocation center was in operation from August 27, 1942 and closed in 1945. The maximum population was 7,300. Most of the internees were from southern California including Los Angeles. The central section of Camp Amache was 640 acres (one square mile), made up primarily of 29 blocks of Army-style barracks. Each block had a mess hall, laundry, toilets, and a shower room. There were also shared administrative facilities such as a hospital, school, recreation buildings, a public library, dry goods store, barber shop, sewage plant, and post office. The internees were encouraged to make improvements to the center and responded by constructing three koi ponds and gardens, and planting trees between rows of barracks. A barbed wire fence surrounded the central section of the center with six watch towers along the perimeter. As in most of the relocation centers, armed military police manned the towers.

This site was documented using LiDAR, 3D laser scanning for the purpose of generating a highly accurate 3D model of the site, buildings and structures. In addition to scanning the Amache site, buildings and objects that had been moved off site to museums were also scanned. This allowed for the documentation of additional objects such as the koi pond bridge and original barrack buildings. The scanning and post processing was completed by The Center of Preservation Research’s Mike Nulty and Student Research Assistant Tucker Hancock.

This effort was completed in partnership with the National Park Service’s Japanese American Confinement Site Grants Program and the University of Colorado Denver, College of Architecture and Planning.