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.  

Berthoud Community Center

Date: 3/1/16
Berthoud Community Center
Principal Researchers:

 

Location: Berthoud, Colorado, Waggener Park

Design work focused on a modified community center with recreation purpose located on town property. The design included 2 options (one story and a 2 story building) which included a large meeting room, smaller conference rooms, administrative space, day care, and a range of supporting spaces. Additionally the design team explored how the building would fit on the Waggoner Park site with parking lots, access roads, trails and a plaza to include a farmers market and other outdoor functions.

Work helped the town understand what could be incorporated on the site without blocking neighborhood views. As the town completes their town recreation master plan (by others) this park may reflect a more neighborhood purpose or may fit into a larger vision.

Project Team: Carrie Cardona, Matt Roth, Haipeng Zhang, Mike Tupa (Project Coordinator)
Local Participants:Town Manager and local committee
DOLA Regional Manager: Don Sandoval

BIRD Past Research Projects

Berthoud Community Center

Date: 3/1/16
Berthoud Community Center
Principal Researchers:

 

Location: Berthoud, Colorado, Waggener Park

Design work focused on a modified community center with recreation purpose located on town property. The design included 2 options (one story and a 2 story building) which included a large meeting room, smaller conference rooms, administrative space, day care, and a range of supporting spaces. Additionally the design team explored how the building would fit on the Waggoner Park site with parking lots, access roads, trails and a plaza to include a farmers market and other outdoor functions.

Work helped the town understand what could be incorporated on the site without blocking neighborhood views. As the town completes their town recreation master plan (by others) this park may reflect a more neighborhood purpose or may fit into a larger vision.

Project Team: Carrie Cardona, Matt Roth, Haipeng Zhang, Mike Tupa (Project Coordinator)
Local Participants:Town Manager and local committee
DOLA Regional Manager: Don Sandoval