Category Designs

Designing a Wind Velocimeter

For my junior-level instrumentation class, my team and I were assigned to create a device to calculate wind speed and direction.  Using parts from around the lab, we created this: This device used a hobby propeller attached to a DC motor, mounted as a windmill on a potentiometer.  The wind would cause the propeller to […]

Snow Igloo

While not strictly an engineering feat, my sisters and I constructed an igloo from snow brick over the course of two days while over break. The bricks were formed using bread pans, and I stacked them into the shape. The brick pattern is only visible on the dome because a snowstorm hit during the night […]

RotoDesk – The Posable Lap Desk

For my manufacturing processes class, we had to design and build a working device.  Our team chose to make a desk that featured a magnetic whiteboard surface and rotatable legs which would allow the desk to be positioned in any convenient way.  The desk featured a solid oak table-top, magnetic and whiteboard surface, pencil holder, […]

Rocket Thrust Test Rig

In my junior-level instrumentation and measurements course, we were required to build a test rig for a model rocket motor. This photo shows us using LabView to collect data from the strain gauges mounted on the arm.

CAD Model of a Trombone

A trombone I made in Catia in 2008 as a TA for the freshman level graphics course at BYU

CNC Milling the hinge for the RotoDesk

This is a short clip of the CNC operation for the posable desk my team and I made for our sophomore manufacturing class.

Can-Collecting Robot (Video)

My team and I built this robot over 10 weeks. The robot had to find 5 cans of beans and dump them into a hole on the other side of the field.  Our team won the competition, though due to some technical problems with one of the subsystems, we ended up tying for first. I […]