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.  

Carbondale Affordable Housing

Date: 9/1/15 - 4/1/16
Third Street Affordable Housing
Principal Researchers:

 

Location: Carbondale, CO

The goal of this project was really to create an exhibit that could be used to start a larger conversation with the school district in Carbondale about considering a piece of property to create new affordable housing. The Town of Carbondale approached CCCD to aid in developing plan configurations of housing scenarios that would utilize a strip of the school districts property.

Students used the towns code and found densities that would work in this area and outlines options for development. If this project moved forward it would add needed housing to the shortage that currently exists.

Project Team: Josh Spinner (MLA), Daniel Navarro-Gomez (MLA), Chris Endreson (Project Coordinator)

Local Participants: Jay Harrington (Town Manager), Colin Laird (Third Street Center Executive Director)

DOLA Regional Manager: Elyse Ackerman

BIRD Past Research Projects

Carbondale Affordable Housing

Date: 9/1/15 - 4/1/16
Third Street Affordable Housing
Principal Researchers:

 

Location: Carbondale, CO

The goal of this project was really to create an exhibit that could be used to start a larger conversation with the school district in Carbondale about considering a piece of property to create new affordable housing. The Town of Carbondale approached CCCD to aid in developing plan configurations of housing scenarios that would utilize a strip of the school districts property.

Students used the towns code and found densities that would work in this area and outlines options for development. If this project moved forward it would add needed housing to the shortage that currently exists.

Project Team: Josh Spinner (MLA), Daniel Navarro-Gomez (MLA), Chris Endreson (Project Coordinator)

Local Participants: Jay Harrington (Town Manager), Colin Laird (Third Street Center Executive Director)

DOLA Regional Manager: Elyse Ackerman