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  • Building a Bicycle, Part 1

    February 05, 2015

    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.

  • Building a Bicycle, Part 2

    February 16, 2015

    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.

  • Building a Bicycle, Part 4

    April 30, 2015

    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:

  • Building a Bicycle, Part 3

    March 30, 2015

    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:

  • Cutting Cork on the Waterjet

    December 10, 2014

    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.

  • ECS Celebrates 30 Years

    April 20, 2015

    Engineering Computer Services, nee ICAEN, has been in the College of Engineering for 30 years. We invite you to come celebrate with fruit, cheese, cupcakes, and ice cream in the SC Student Commons on 1 May 2015, 2-4pm. Be prepared to play an ECS-related trivia game.

  • More Cork Furniture

    April 15, 2015

    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.

  • Room Identification

    March 20, 2015

    On the ECS Resources page you'll see designs that identify rooms: computer lab, classroom with computer, conference room, video conference room, room with Linux computers. room with Linux computersJohn in the EES printed those designs on the paper used in the dye-sublimation printer.

  • Cases installed at CERN

    April 09, 2015

    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.

  • 3D Printer at Work

    October 15, 2013

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