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.  

Home (All at Once)

Date: 8/21/17
Home all at Once photograph of wood model
Student Researchers: Kyle Newnam Faculty Advisor: Kevin Hirth



The goal of this final assignment was to make isometric drawings and model an existing home, and then make changes to the home while using the system employed by the original architect. I worked with the Fosc House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen, which has several distinctive features. It is a hexagonal shape with many windows of varying sizes. The home is also built around a central staircase connecting all three floors. For the changes, I shifted each of the floors several feet in different directions, trying to keep with the irregularity of the windows and house shape. I left the staircase as the central point of the home.

Home (All at Once)









BIRD Past Research Projects

Home (All at Once)

Date: 8/21/17
Home all at Once photograph of wood model
Student Researchers: Kyle Newnam Faculty Advisor: Kevin Hirth



The goal of this final assignment was to make isometric drawings and model an existing home, and then make changes to the home while using the system employed by the original architect. I worked with the Fosc House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen, which has several distinctive features. It is a hexagonal shape with many windows of varying sizes. The home is also built around a central staircase connecting all three floors. For the changes, I shifted each of the floors several feet in different directions, trying to keep with the irregularity of the windows and house shape. I left the staircase as the central point of the home.

Home (All at Once)