Multirotor Aircraft (Quad Copter):
The Multirotor project is completely open with full specifications, drawings, schematics and computer source code that is licensed to enable participation, collaboration and innovation. This multirotor project allows students to be involved at all levels and learn from introductory to complete design and implementation. The first aircraft was used to film the territory for a project documenting place (see “Story as History, Place, and Wisdom” project).
Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (OpenROV):
Like the Multirotor Aircraft, the ROV project is also completely open with full specifications, drawings, schematics and computer source code that is licensed to enable participation, collaboration and innovation. The focus of this project will include the development and implementation into a large scale research project. Students will work in teams to first build and then utilize the ROV. Further news to follow in the Fall of 2105!
Using the MakerBot 3D printer to not only build parts for our multirotor copter and our OpenROV, our initial exploration into prosthetic development began by printing a pair of hands (left and right). The left hand’s fingertips have ridges for grasping, and the right hand’s fingertips are smooth, as designers have been exploring different materials to aid in grasping. The next generation of 3D printed hand was a model that segmented the fingers at the otherwise natural joints. This should increase the overall dexterity of the hand once assembled.
Project Lead: George Farris and Professor Sally Carpentier
Research Assistant: Marina Hayward
Due to the time constraints of current 3D Printing technology, we have added a new model 3D Printer, which provides the ability to use materials such as flexible plastic and wood fibre. So stay tuned for more projects!