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.  

Railroad Preservation Plan

Date: 12/12/18
Principal Researchers:

Christopher Koziol, Fred Rutz, Michael Holleran

Location: Cimarron, Colorado

One span of a nineteenth century truss bridge of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, a locomotive, and seven pieces of rolling stock--all owned by the City of Montrose and the Curecanti National Recreation Area--were badly in need of repair and restoration. As part of a College of Architecture and Planning graduate studio, students evaluated the deteriorating railroad structure and components. Students undertook a condition assessment, developed a restoration and maintenance plan, and prepared a report proposing alternatives for long-term development and interpretation.

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BIRD Past Research Projects

Railroad Preservation Plan

Date: 12/12/18
Principal Researchers:

Christopher Koziol, Fred Rutz, Michael Holleran

Location: Cimarron, Colorado

One span of a nineteenth century truss bridge of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, a locomotive, and seven pieces of rolling stock--all owned by the City of Montrose and the Curecanti National Recreation Area--were badly in need of repair and restoration. As part of a College of Architecture and Planning graduate studio, students evaluated the deteriorating railroad structure and components. Students undertook a condition assessment, developed a restoration and maintenance plan, and prepared a report proposing alternatives for long-term development and interpretation.

Click here for more photos at Cimarron