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.  

Framed Nature

Date: 1/16/17
Photograph of architectural model
Student Researchers: Fredy Albarran Faculty Advisor: Julee Herdt 

Even a static object changes with time and offers a sense of movement when exposed to the natural environment. These structures – small, eco-homes made of shipping containers – act as objects that allow elements to fluidly pass through, thus allowing an experience that is unified. They are a medium to re-evaluate how we look at nature and our relationship with it.

BIRD Past Research Projects

Framed Nature

Date: 1/16/17
Photograph of architectural model
Student Researchers: Fredy Albarran Faculty Advisor: Julee Herdt 

Even a static object changes with time and offers a sense of movement when exposed to the natural environment. These structures – small, eco-homes made of shipping containers – act as objects that allow elements to fluidly pass through, thus allowing an experience that is unified. They are a medium to re-evaluate how we look at nature and our relationship with it.