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.  

Fort Laramie

Date: 1/1/09
Principal Researchers:
  • Kat Vlahos
  • Mike Multy
Location: Fort Laramie National Historic Site Fort Laramie, WY

This project was undertaken by the National Park Service, Intermountain Region, in cooperation with the University of Colorado Denver, Center of Preservation Research and CyArk.

Fort Laramie National Historic Site was originally established as a private fur trading fort in 1834. Situated in western Wyoming, the site witnessed the entire sweeping saga of America’s western expansion and Indian resistance to encroachment on their territories. Indians, trappers, traders, missionaries, emigrants, gold seekers, soldiers, cowboys and homesteaders would leave their mark on a place that would become famous in the American West. In 2009 the site was the subject of a digital preservation pilot project between the National Park Service, CyArk, and the University of Colorado Denver.

Field documentation took place in 2009, during which laser scanning and photography were used to produce a digital record of Fort Laramie. The digital information gathered during the field documentation was used to create media for preservation, education, and virtual tourism. All of the media is showcased on the CyArk website.

BIRD Past Research Projects

Fort Laramie

Date: 1/1/09
Principal Researchers:
  • Kat Vlahos
  • Mike Multy
Location: Fort Laramie National Historic Site Fort Laramie, WY

This project was undertaken by the National Park Service, Intermountain Region, in cooperation with the University of Colorado Denver, Center of Preservation Research and CyArk.

Fort Laramie National Historic Site was originally established as a private fur trading fort in 1834. Situated in western Wyoming, the site witnessed the entire sweeping saga of America’s western expansion and Indian resistance to encroachment on their territories. Indians, trappers, traders, missionaries, emigrants, gold seekers, soldiers, cowboys and homesteaders would leave their mark on a place that would become famous in the American West. In 2009 the site was the subject of a digital preservation pilot project between the National Park Service, CyArk, and the University of Colorado Denver.

Field documentation took place in 2009, during which laser scanning and photography were used to produce a digital record of Fort Laramie. The digital information gathered during the field documentation was used to create media for preservation, education, and virtual tourism. All of the media is showcased on the CyArk website.