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 Third Street Improvements

Date: 4/21/16 - 6/21/16
Third Street Streetscape Improvements
Principal Researchers:

 

Location: Carbondale, CO

The Third Street corridor in Carbondale is an important connector and the town saw an opportunity to look at options for improvement. Since the UTA program was already working on site master planning for the Third Street Center they asked if we could assist with identifying ideas for streetscape improvement along Third Streets length.

Carbondale is unique in that along many of the residential street there are open irrigation ditches. This feature is liked by most residents and was concluded as something to remain. Many of the improvements identified were creating better organized on street parking and improving pedestrian crossings at cross streets. In some areas added lighting was needed. Sidewalks needed to be improved in most areas as well.

Project Team: Josh Spinner (MLA), Molly Somes (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 Third Street Improvements

Date: 4/21/16 - 6/21/16
Third Street Streetscape Improvements
Principal Researchers:

 

Location: Carbondale, CO

The Third Street corridor in Carbondale is an important connector and the town saw an opportunity to look at options for improvement. Since the UTA program was already working on site master planning for the Third Street Center they asked if we could assist with identifying ideas for streetscape improvement along Third Streets length.

Carbondale is unique in that along many of the residential street there are open irrigation ditches. This feature is liked by most residents and was concluded as something to remain. Many of the improvements identified were creating better organized on street parking and improving pedestrian crossings at cross streets. In some areas added lighting was needed. Sidewalks needed to be improved in most areas as well.

Project Team: Josh Spinner (MLA), Molly Somes (MLA), Chris Endreson (Project Coordinator)

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