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.  

Fruita Gateway Design

Date: 8/21/15 - 6/20/16
Fruita Gateway Design Public Input
Principal Researchers:

 

Location: Fruita, CO

The City of Fruita contacted CCCD with an interest for assistance in understanding the community ideas for improvements to the I-70 gateway into the city. Through a series of meetings and site visits, a unique survey was decided upon to gather that feedback so that it could be gathered at various locations and event in town.

Students developed a survey that was not just multiple choice or fill in the blank, but was also a sketching activity. The goal was to allow all types of people to respond in a way most comfortable to them and in a creative way. The survey response was amazing and through the tabulation of the results provided the city with a list of improvements that they could then break out into projects and look for funding or engineering to accomplish.

Project Team: 
Wesley Kay (MArch), Chris Endreson (Project Manager)
Local Participants: Michael Bennett (City Manager), Sam Atkins (City Engineer), Fruita City Council
DOLA Regional Manager: Elyse Ackerman

BIRD Past Research Projects

Fruita Gateway Design

Date: 8/21/15 - 6/20/16
Fruita Gateway Design Public Input
Principal Researchers:

 

Location: Fruita, CO

The City of Fruita contacted CCCD with an interest for assistance in understanding the community ideas for improvements to the I-70 gateway into the city. Through a series of meetings and site visits, a unique survey was decided upon to gather that feedback so that it could be gathered at various locations and event in town.

Students developed a survey that was not just multiple choice or fill in the blank, but was also a sketching activity. The goal was to allow all types of people to respond in a way most comfortable to them and in a creative way. The survey response was amazing and through the tabulation of the results provided the city with a list of improvements that they could then break out into projects and look for funding or engineering to accomplish.

Project Team: 
Wesley Kay (MArch), Chris Endreson (Project Manager)
Local Participants: Michael Bennett (City Manager), Sam Atkins (City Engineer), Fruita City Council
DOLA Regional Manager: Elyse Ackerman