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.  

Olathe Downtown Pocket Park

Date: 8/21/15 - 6/20/16
Olathe Downtown Pocket Park
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Location: Olathe, CO

Directly after assisting the Town of Olathe with streetscape plans, they immediately wanted assistance with ideas for and updated pocket park downtown. The current state of the park was not great and it was underutilized as a public gathering space due to overgrown trees, no seating and poor paving.

Through coordination with the community for the potential uses, students developed a series of design options which were refined down to a single plan that best represented the community. They plan to use the concept for grants and when complete will hold street dances, farmer’s markets, craft fairs and so many other activities downtown.

Project Team: Keath Flint (MLA), Jill Troiani (MLA), Chris Endreson (Project Coordinator)
Local Participants: Patty Gabriel (Town Administrator), Monique English (Activities Coordinator)
DOLA Regional Manager: Ken Charles

BIRD Past Research Projects

Olathe Downtown Pocket Park

Date: 8/21/15 - 6/20/16
Olathe Downtown Pocket Park
Principal Researchers:

 

Location: Olathe, CO

Directly after assisting the Town of Olathe with streetscape plans, they immediately wanted assistance with ideas for and updated pocket park downtown. The current state of the park was not great and it was underutilized as a public gathering space due to overgrown trees, no seating and poor paving.

Through coordination with the community for the potential uses, students developed a series of design options which were refined down to a single plan that best represented the community. They plan to use the concept for grants and when complete will hold street dances, farmer’s markets, craft fairs and so many other activities downtown.

Project Team: Keath Flint (MLA), Jill Troiani (MLA), Chris Endreson (Project Coordinator)
Local Participants: Patty Gabriel (Town Administrator), Monique English (Activities Coordinator)
DOLA Regional Manager: Ken Charles