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.  

House in Pursuit of Reverie

Date: 8/21/17
Photograph of study model made with wood, wire and foam
Student Researchers: Danielle Jones Faculty Advisor: Julee Herdt

This urban home in pursuit of reverie is located along the eastern edge of Denver’s Cheesman Park and was designed to repurpose the traditional shipping container structure for an elevated vertical form. Divided into four levels, the rectangular container form hosts traditional programmatic space while the stairs become sunlit appendages leading circulation through each floor. Its highest point, the removed studio, is a space looking upward, designed for isolated thought and introspection.
Photograph of wood and wire model
Program analysis diagram
Study model with pink foam and pins

BIRD Past Research Projects

House in Pursuit of Reverie

Date: 8/21/17
Photograph of study model made with wood, wire and foam
Student Researchers: Danielle Jones Faculty Advisor: Julee Herdt

This urban home in pursuit of reverie is located along the eastern edge of Denver’s Cheesman Park and was designed to repurpose the traditional shipping container structure for an elevated vertical form. Divided into four levels, the rectangular container form hosts traditional programmatic space while the stairs become sunlit appendages leading circulation through each floor. Its highest point, the removed studio, is a space looking upward, designed for isolated thought and introspection.
Photograph of wood and wire model
Program analysis diagram
Study model with pink foam and pins