Friday, April 16, 2010

Busy Busy

It's been the busy time. Many projects all come together for the end of the year. The seniors are all working on (i.e. frantically trying to finish) their Senior Design Group Projects.

These are parts for a motorcycle "landing gear" project that is designed to assist riders who have difficulty with balancing. "Why should someone with balance problems be riding a motorcycle?" you ask. Perhaps those who have fallen off of one previously, but who still love to ride.

Another team is working on a torsion testing machine that will twist samples to destruction, measuring the torque required and the angles at which the samples pass from one state to another.

Not to be outdone, the faculty have been asking for things as well. Here's one of the more exotic, a set of clear cast acrylic flanges with brass inserts that will be used to study fluid dynamics. The prof. couldn't find what he wanted, so he asked me to design and fabricate them.

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