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.  

Dairy House & Learning Cube, FEED Denver 2010

Date: 8/8/16
01-2
Others Involved: Christopher O’Hara Studio NYL Student Researchers: Roland Boshmann Evan Burr Bill Daher Mary Dimmick Jessica Ellis Roman Gershkovich Matthew Joiner Austin Pulford Fernando Riviera Katie Roberts Brandon Rutledge Anne Shaver Sarah Sherman Mike Sullivan Jacqueline Ulrich Brett Van Andel Annette Williams Jerrod Wilson Max Zurek Faculty Advisor: Christopher Herr
Brad Tomecek

Built for a non-profit with quite literally no budget, these two structures were designed over the course of a semester and built in three weeks.  To manage this feat, the students worked as hard on fundraising and donation procurement as they did on design and construction. The Learning Cube operates as an outdoor classroom, first stop on the farm tour, orientation device, and visual icon for the property.  The Dairy House provides a teaching facility for goat milking, goat and sheep shearing, as well as protection from the sun and wind for the occupants.  Both structures make use of salvaged, scrap, and donated materials that expose the element of time as revealed in materiality.



BIRD Past Research Projects

Dairy House & Learning Cube, FEED Denver 2010

Date: 8/8/16
01-2
Others Involved: Christopher O’Hara Studio NYL Student Researchers: Roland Boshmann Evan Burr Bill Daher Mary Dimmick Jessica Ellis Roman Gershkovich Matthew Joiner Austin Pulford Fernando Riviera Katie Roberts Brandon Rutledge Anne Shaver Sarah Sherman Mike Sullivan Jacqueline Ulrich Brett Van Andel Annette Williams Jerrod Wilson Max Zurek Faculty Advisor: Christopher Herr
Brad Tomecek

Built for a non-profit with quite literally no budget, these two structures were designed over the course of a semester and built in three weeks.  To manage this feat, the students worked as hard on fundraising and donation procurement as they did on design and construction. The Learning Cube operates as an outdoor classroom, first stop on the farm tour, orientation device, and visual icon for the property.  The Dairy House provides a teaching facility for goat milking, goat and sheep shearing, as well as protection from the sun and wind for the occupants.  Both structures make use of salvaged, scrap, and donated materials that expose the element of time as revealed in materiality.