Shape Memory Alloy (SMA) actuators are great in soft robotics for many reasons, but a major drawback is that their response rate is largely limited by the cooling rate. For many applications, it makes sense to cool (and heat) SMA’s with water. However, when a wet SMA actuates, it constricts, and the tube it is […]
My wife and I enjoy playing board games together. We have an excellent game called Mice and Mystics, which comes with unpainted figurines. I have a few friends who paint miniatures, and I wanted to try my hand at it. Below are the results.
This project has been in the works since August 2015, when the boy scouts I work with asked me to build a Pikachu robot for them. Between having a baby, research, and lack of funds to buy new parts, I finally have made some progress. Here it is using a 5-button toggle switch I was […]
I have now created a .pdf version of my portfolio. You can find the high resolution version here.
These images are from my design qualifier exam in 2011. The design problem was to design a gearbox that connected a Kinect camera to a robot body. However, the design needed to be child-proof and resist a 3ft drop. My conceptual design included a gearbox and a compliant torque limiter. The gear train uses a […]
For our senior-level capstone project, my team and I developed an improved interlocking brick for use in developing countries. When used for houses smaller than 30’x30′, it may reduce the cost of construction up to 30%. Our team consisted of Joey Kent, Emily Savage, Stanton Woods, and me. Our project received a lot of attention […]
This video describes a app design our team developed through ME 553, Product and Process Design. The design focuses heavily on customer needs and process design and a business plan.