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.  

Green Tech: Eco Furniture Design & Fabrication

Date: 1/21/19 - 5/17/19
Butterfly connector between wood and concrete
Student Researchers: Alexis Trick, Grant Warmerdam, Dillon Chang, Nora Webster, Sabrina Canada Faculty Advisor: Julee Herdt

The task: Using salvaged, found, or recycled materials, create beautiful eco-furniture, architectural elements, clothing and other unique functional art of your own design that enhances user experience without spending much (or any) money. 


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"In Contrast by Nature" - Nora Webster
In studying the Art Noveau movement for this design, nature was mimicked and combined with industrial methods of fabrication and assembly. With four pieces of wood that were twisted by nature, a steel, coiled armature was created for joining the legs with a found slab of stone.

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"The Proper" - Alexis Trick
The driving factor behind "The Proper" was working and experimenting with unfamiliar materials. The walnut slab was severely cupped upon acquisition and will only continue to warp over time. Creating a base that supports and elevates the top without constraining will allow the wood to continue its distortion. 

elevation in perspective
"Coordinated Separates" - Grant Warmerdam
This project takes the approach of one bench made up of many small stools/tables. They can be taken apart and used separately, or put together to make one large piece. It is up to the user to decide how they want to arrange the pieces, encouraging playfulness.

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"What are Thoooose?" - Dillon Chang
This piece is a coffee table made up of components of a deconstructed brake machine, donated truck bed flooring, and a pane of tempered glass from the dumpster of a glass company. The challenge of this project was marrying these three unique materials into a single harmonious piece.

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"On the Rocks" - Sabrina Canada
A piece of scrap marble, truckbed floor, and salvaged steel wheels merge seamlessly to form this unique bar cart. 

BIRD Past Research Projects

Green Tech: Eco Furniture Design & Fabrication

Date: 1/21/19 - 5/17/19
Butterfly connector between wood and concrete
Student Researchers: Alexis Trick, Grant Warmerdam, Dillon Chang, Nora Webster, Sabrina Canada Faculty Advisor: Julee Herdt

The task: Using salvaged, found, or recycled materials, create beautiful eco-furniture, architectural elements, clothing and other unique functional art of your own design that enhances user experience without spending much (or any) money. 


NW_resized
"In Contrast by Nature" - Nora Webster
In studying the Art Noveau movement for this design, nature was mimicked and combined with industrial methods of fabrication and assembly. With four pieces of wood that were twisted by nature, a steel, coiled armature was created for joining the legs with a found slab of stone.

stripe
"The Proper" - Alexis Trick
The driving factor behind "The Proper" was working and experimenting with unfamiliar materials. The walnut slab was severely cupped upon acquisition and will only continue to warp over time. Creating a base that supports and elevates the top without constraining will allow the wood to continue its distortion. 

elevation in perspective
"Coordinated Separates" - Grant Warmerdam
This project takes the approach of one bench made up of many small stools/tables. They can be taken apart and used separately, or put together to make one large piece. It is up to the user to decide how they want to arrange the pieces, encouraging playfulness.

overall_angle
"What are Thoooose?" - Dillon Chang
This piece is a coffee table made up of components of a deconstructed brake machine, donated truck bed flooring, and a pane of tempered glass from the dumpster of a glass company. The challenge of this project was marrying these three unique materials into a single harmonious piece.

SC_resized
"On the Rocks" - Sabrina Canada
A piece of scrap marble, truckbed floor, and salvaged steel wheels merge seamlessly to form this unique bar cart.