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  • Building a Bicycle, Nearly Complete

    It was finals week. Angelina finished her bicycle frame and ordered parts and the coat color, mahogany which looks like copper with a purplish tint.. She will send the frame off to be powder coated soon, and it should be back in 1-2 weeks. Then instructor Steve McGuire will help her put the wheels, gears, chain, etc., together. She sent me some more photos and noted that she is "very proud and happy with the way [the bike] turned out.

    May 19, 2015
  • Building a Bicycle, Part 4

    Mid-April was warm and made me think about how bicycling is so much easier when there is no snow and ice. I wondered if Angelina Boulicault was nearly ready to ride her hand-built bicycle. Here's what she told me:

    April 30, 2015
  • Building a Bicycle, Part 3

    Just before spring break, I asked Angelina what she was doing in her bicycle class. In the previous article, the class was using AutoCAD 2015 to design their bikes. Here is what has happened since then:

    March 30, 2015
  • Building a Bicycle, Part 2

    When Angelina was in the fourth week of the bicycle class. I asked her what she was learning and what software she would use to design her bicycle. This image of a bicycle with parts labelled was a recent quiz; the class had to label all the parts of a bicycle.

    February 16, 2015
  • Building a Bicycle, Part 1

    To meet interesting students and find out about their projects, I suggest going to the Engineering Machine Shop, G450 SC. That is where I met Angelina Boulicault, who is taking the hand-built bicycle course, TDSN:4250, this spring. The class is described this way: “Building a bicycle frame by hand; use of CAD modeling and development of fabrication skills to create a modern-day work of art.” This series of articles will follow Angelina’s progress in designing and building her bicycle.

    February 05, 2015
  • More Cork Furniture

    Last semester Alex Zeppieri, a 5th year Civil Engineering major with an art minor, created a cork chair for his Environmental Design 1 class. This semester he is taking Furniture Design 1 with Monica Correia, the same instructor from last semester’s design class.  I found Alex by the waterjet cutter in the Engineering Machine Shop where he watched as a piece of cork that would become a foot stool to match the chair being cut. The footstool is just for fun because Alex noticed while sitting in his cork chair that his feet would have been happier being elevated.

    April 15, 2015
  • Lecture Room Seat Hardware

    Recently EMS got an order from Facilities Management (via the sheet metal shop) to duplicate a hard plastic piece with a metal version.

    May 06, 2015
  • Cutting Cork on the Waterjet

    Update 4/17/15: The poster that Alex made to describe the process of building this cork chair won best undergraduate poster in Civil and Environment Engineering.

    December 10, 2014
  • Cases installed at CERN

    Back in October 2014 the EMS 3D-printed 7 cases that house prototype detector elements  that are used to measure the energy of particles. James Wetzel from Physics who ordered the cases explained, "We will put the detector elements inside the printed tiles, and then stick them in a beam of known energy to see how well they can measure its energy.

    April 09, 2015
  • 3D Printer at Work

    Are you curious abou how a 3D printer works? Watch this video.

    October 15, 2013

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