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.  

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Date: 8/21/17
Figure Field  wood model
Student Researchers: Sonal Desai Faculty Advisor: Adam Wagoner

This assignment began with a series of arrays, and then space was defined with planes and enclosed volumes. Tectonics were applied to the design concept, and evolutions were made each day with new possibilities. 
 
The main idea behind this project was to provide different viewer experiences while moving from the bottom to the top of the space. The incorporation of a defined site into the project further enhanced the experience, with circulation helping form links between a city street and an active alley. 
 
Sections, plans, diagrams, perspectives, and study models have been created to highlight these ideas. A combination of hand-drawn and digital drawings gives the visual experience of being in the space.


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BIRD Past Research Projects

Figure Field

Date: 8/21/17
Figure Field  wood model
Student Researchers: Sonal Desai Faculty Advisor: Adam Wagoner

This assignment began with a series of arrays, and then space was defined with planes and enclosed volumes. Tectonics were applied to the design concept, and evolutions were made each day with new possibilities. 
 
The main idea behind this project was to provide different viewer experiences while moving from the bottom to the top of the space. The incorporation of a defined site into the project further enhanced the experience, with circulation helping form links between a city street and an active alley. 
 
Sections, plans, diagrams, perspectives, and study models have been created to highlight these ideas. A combination of hand-drawn and digital drawings gives the visual experience of being in the space.


Figure Field