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.  

Cannonball Pueblo HABS

Date: 1/1/05
Principal Researchers:
  • Luis Summers
Location: Martinez and Vigil Homesteads HABS: Farmington, NM

Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) documentation was prepared for a twelfth-century Anasazi Pueblo ruin at the Colorado-Utah border and two early twentieth-century Hispanic homesteads outside of Farmington, New Mexico. Photomodeler software was used to create three-dimensional rectified photographic models for accurate elevation projections of these non-orthogonal forms. The project was presented in 2005 at both the Saving Places Conference in Denver and at the George Wright Society National Conference in Philadelphia.

BIRD Past Research Projects

Cannonball Pueblo HABS

Date: 1/1/05
Principal Researchers:
  • Luis Summers
Location: Martinez and Vigil Homesteads HABS: Farmington, NM

Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) documentation was prepared for a twelfth-century Anasazi Pueblo ruin at the Colorado-Utah border and two early twentieth-century Hispanic homesteads outside of Farmington, New Mexico. Photomodeler software was used to create three-dimensional rectified photographic models for accurate elevation projections of these non-orthogonal forms. The project was presented in 2005 at both the Saving Places Conference in Denver and at the George Wright Society National Conference in Philadelphia.