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.  

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Date: 7/15/16
07-1
Principal Researchers: Studio NYL Structural Engineers
Christopher O’Hara
Others Involved: Christopher O’Hara Student Researchers: Erin Anglin Ashley Anderson Andrew Atchley Mark Brunner Timothy Clinefelter Bill Daher Justin Feider Lauren Fowler Aris Garrison Randall Hatley Ryan Jensen Tracy Joda Emili Mcmakin William Mensching Michael Nulty John Ostrander Lee Parmenter Rebecca Roberts Heather Scott Robert Stroud Michael Sullivan Jerod Wilson Maximillian Zurek Faculty Advisor: Rick Sommerfeld
Rob Pyatt

In contrast to the historic building, the design inserts modern elements creating space by drawing off the location of the northern window. The design uses this window to showcase the natural light revealing the space in different ways throughout the day and over the course of the changing seasons. This natural light also helps define the space in the entry and museum store. Making a connection to Colorado and addressing issues of sustainability, the new design uses salvaged and recycled materials when appropriate.

BIRD Past Research Projects

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Date: 7/15/16
07-1
Principal Researchers: Studio NYL Structural Engineers
Christopher O’Hara
Others Involved: Christopher O’Hara Student Researchers: Erin Anglin Ashley Anderson Andrew Atchley Mark Brunner Timothy Clinefelter Bill Daher Justin Feider Lauren Fowler Aris Garrison Randall Hatley Ryan Jensen Tracy Joda Emili Mcmakin William Mensching Michael Nulty John Ostrander Lee Parmenter Rebecca Roberts Heather Scott Robert Stroud Michael Sullivan Jerod Wilson Maximillian Zurek Faculty Advisor: Rick Sommerfeld
Rob Pyatt

In contrast to the historic building, the design inserts modern elements creating space by drawing off the location of the northern window. The design uses this window to showcase the natural light revealing the space in different ways throughout the day and over the course of the changing seasons. This natural light also helps define the space in the entry and museum store. Making a connection to Colorado and addressing issues of sustainability, the new design uses salvaged and recycled materials when appropriate.