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.  

Buena Vista Welcome Signage

Date: 12/21/15 - 9/20/16
Buena Vista Welcome Signage
Principal Researchers:

 

Location: Buena Vista, CO

Main Street in Buena Vista is the heart of the business district, but it runs perpendicular to Highway 24 which brings many visitors through the town-visitors whom may believe that Buena Vista is made up of highway businesses like service station, box stores and motels. Drawing people down Main Street has proven to be a challenge and so we looked at various ways to let visitors know when to turn off the highway to enjoy the quaint shops, fine dining and historic business district that makes up Buena Vista.

We examined several locations, starting with the corner of Main and Highway 24, as well as down Main Street a bit to where the railroad runs through the town (adjacent to Town Hall). We also looked at creating a different approach at the diagonal street (Cottonwood Avenue) that could divert traffic before the primary intersection.

Project Team:
 Lyris Sanchez, Ross Williams, Jason Geving, Maddie Meyer, Taylor Mineau, Jeffrey Wood (UTA Supervisor)
Local Participants:Brandy Reitter
DOLA Regional Manager: Christy Culp

BIRD Past Research Projects

Buena Vista Welcome Signage

Date: 12/21/15 - 9/20/16
Buena Vista Welcome Signage
Principal Researchers:

 

Location: Buena Vista, CO

Main Street in Buena Vista is the heart of the business district, but it runs perpendicular to Highway 24 which brings many visitors through the town-visitors whom may believe that Buena Vista is made up of highway businesses like service station, box stores and motels. Drawing people down Main Street has proven to be a challenge and so we looked at various ways to let visitors know when to turn off the highway to enjoy the quaint shops, fine dining and historic business district that makes up Buena Vista.

We examined several locations, starting with the corner of Main and Highway 24, as well as down Main Street a bit to where the railroad runs through the town (adjacent to Town Hall). We also looked at creating a different approach at the diagonal street (Cottonwood Avenue) that could divert traffic before the primary intersection.

Project Team:
 Lyris Sanchez, Ross Williams, Jason Geving, Maddie Meyer, Taylor Mineau, Jeffrey Wood (UTA Supervisor)
Local Participants:Brandy Reitter
DOLA Regional Manager: Christy Culp