Category Designs

Simplified Manufacturing for Wet SMA Tubing

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 […]

Miniature Painting

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.  

Pikachu Robot Update

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 […]

Design Portfolio

I have now created a .pdf version of my portfolio.  You can find the high resolution version here.

Design Qualifier Exam

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 […]

Senior Capstone Project

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 […]

Thread Theory Clothing App

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.