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.  

The Big Small Home

Date: 1/21/19 - 5/17/19
Photo of big small homes model
Student Researchers: Robby Cuthbert Faculty Advisor: Julee Herdt

The Big Small Home: Eco Design Using Steel Shipping Containers

The Studio Competition Challenge: To design a small, 500 square foot or less, factory-produced home; one that plugs into an existing and larger, small home. The plug-in home, as the competition project, will be removable and transportable. It will also exemplify beautiful, affordable, low maintenance green design for healthier living. Shipping containers, modified and manipulated, are the project design and construction framework.

Robby Cuthbert's design fulfills this challenge expertly, showing design excellence and cohesiveness with the existing small home. 

Drawing of steel shipping container home

Computer rendering of shipping container home

Photo of big small home model

BIRD Past Research Projects

The Big Small Home

Date: 1/21/19 - 5/17/19
Photo of big small homes model
Student Researchers: Robby Cuthbert Faculty Advisor: Julee Herdt

The Big Small Home: Eco Design Using Steel Shipping Containers

The Studio Competition Challenge: To design a small, 500 square foot or less, factory-produced home; one that plugs into an existing and larger, small home. The plug-in home, as the competition project, will be removable and transportable. It will also exemplify beautiful, affordable, low maintenance green design for healthier living. Shipping containers, modified and manipulated, are the project design and construction framework.

Robby Cuthbert's design fulfills this challenge expertly, showing design excellence and cohesiveness with the existing small home. 

Drawing of steel shipping container home

Computer rendering of shipping container home

Photo of big small home model