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Boat Hull Design
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Boat Hull Design

Feb 24, 2015 by

My name is Nolan Sayre and I am a senior Mechanical Engineer at Union.  For my senior project I am researching and testing the drag reducing abilities of superhydrophobic aerogels when applied to the bottom of boat hulls.  In order to do this, a boat hull shell was designed in Solidworks to fit the exact […]

My name is Nolan Sayre and I am a senior Mechanical Engineer at Union.  For my senior project I am researching and testing the drag reducing abilities of superhydrophobic aerogels when applied to the bottom of boat hulls.  In order to do this, a boat hull shell was designed in Solidworks to fit the exact dimensions of a remote controlled boat that is used...

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Toothbrush Base
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Toothbrush Base

Feb 24, 2015 by

“The parts that my team designed were meant to be put together in order to construct a device which would allow someone with one arm and lesser motor-skills to brush their teeth from start to finish (i.e. opening the cap, to dispensing the toothpaste, to reapplying the cap). We printed three components: a top half, […]

“The parts that my team designed were meant to be put together in order to construct a device which would allow someone with one arm and lesser motor-skills to brush their teeth from start to finish (i.e. opening the cap, to dispensing the toothpaste, to reapplying the cap). We printed three components: a top half, a bottom half, and a screw to fit the...

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Prosthetic Surface Model
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“My senior project involves the relationship between prosthetic sockets and their relative comfort in users.  Most amputees with below knee prosthetics are in constant pain due to the improperly fit prosthetic.  One of the biggest reasons behind this incorrect fit is due to the volume fluctuations of the residual limb throughout the day from a […]

“My senior project involves the relationship between prosthetic sockets and their relative comfort in users.  Most amputees with below knee prosthetics are in constant pain due to the improperly fit prosthetic.  One of the biggest reasons behind this incorrect fit is due to the volume fluctuations of the residual limb throughout the day from a multitude of different reasons, including different activities and blood...

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Horner Wing Tips Aero Team
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Joshua Fields a Senior Mechanical Engineering Student is the Structural Engineer for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aero Team at Union College. This year the team is going to the airplane design competition in Van Nuys, California. As part of the innovative design aspect of the competition, the team are using Horner Wing Tips […]

Joshua Fields a Senior Mechanical Engineering Student is the Structural Engineer for the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aero Team at Union College. This year the team is going to the airplane design competition in Van Nuys, California. As part of the innovative design aspect of the competition, the team are using Horner Wing Tips to increase the effective wing span of the airplane....

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Steinmetz Solids
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Steinmetz Solids

Feb 19, 2015 by

The BOTTOM MIDDLE model this solid represents two circular cylinders of equal radius intersecting at a 45 degree angle. We wanted to find out how varying the angle of intersection affects the volume and surface area of the solid, when compared to a perpendicular intersection. The BOTTOM LEFT model was included to further demonstrate exactly how these […]

The BOTTOM MIDDLE model this solid represents two circular cylinders of equal radius intersecting at a 45 degree angle. We wanted to find out how varying the angle of intersection affects the volume and surface area of the solid, when compared to a perpendicular intersection. The BOTTOM LEFT model was included to further demonstrate exactly how these two cylinders intersect, and since it was a bit...

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Tooth Paste Dispenser for One-Handed People
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“The project that we sent into the design studio to be 3D printed was a toothpaste dispenser for one-handed users. The project consisted of mechanisms to remove the toothpaste cap, hold the cap, and apply toothpaste to a toothbrush. The project consisted of multiple parts that were 3D printed and later assembled.” -Jahveed Shirzad

“The project that we sent into the design studio to be 3D printed was a toothpaste dispenser for one-handed users. The project consisted of mechanisms to remove the toothpaste cap, hold the cap, and apply toothpaste to a toothbrush. The project consisted of multiple parts that were 3D printed and later assembled.” -Jahveed Shirzad...

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3-D Printed Head Scan.
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  Above is both the finished  3-D print and scan of Kadeam Vendryes’ 15 using the MakerBot replicator mini and 3-D scanner.

  Above is both the finished  3-D print and scan of Kadeam Vendryes’ 15 using the MakerBot replicator mini and 3-D scanner....

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Soft robot print
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Soft robot print

Jan 27, 2015 by

  This is an algorithmically generated  soft robot created by Alvin Andino ’15 for  his faculty advisor Professor John Rieffel of Union College’s computer science department, using the Stratasys Connex 500 . This soft robot will be used within Union College’s computer science department as a tool to explore vibration-based robotic locomotion.    

  This is an algorithmically generated  soft robot created by Alvin Andino ’15 for  his faculty advisor Professor John Rieffel of Union College’s computer science department, using the Stratasys Connex 500 . This soft robot will be used within Union College’s computer science department as a tool to explore vibration-based robotic locomotion.    ...

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3-D Model of Myoglobin
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  This is a 3-D model of the protein Myoglobin was printed using the Stratasys Connex 500 it is the second protein that was printed for Jake Urkine’17  and his faculty advisor Professor Kristin Fox of Union College’s chemistry department and their research on making durable 3-D Protein Models that could be used as learning […]

  This is a 3-D model of the protein Myoglobin was printed using the Stratasys Connex 500 it is the second protein that was printed for Jake Urkine’17  and his faculty advisor Professor Kristin Fox of Union College’s chemistry department and their research on making durable 3-D Protein Models that could be used as learning aids in the classroom....

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3-D Model of 10YA
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3-D Model of 10YA

Jan 25, 2015 by

  This is a 3-D printed model of the protein 1OYA, also known as Old Yellow Enzyme using the Stratasys Connex 500 (image is covered in support material). This was printed for Jake Urkine’17 and his faculty advisor Professor Kristin Fox of  Union College’s chemistry department for a research project on making 3-D protein models for use in […]

  This is a 3-D printed model of the protein 1OYA, also known as Old Yellow Enzyme using the Stratasys Connex 500 (image is covered in support material). This was printed for Jake Urkine’17 and his faculty advisor Professor Kristin Fox of  Union College’s chemistry department for a research project on making 3-D protein models for use in a classroom setting....

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Epinephrine Auto-Injector
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  As part of Timothy Sheehan’s Senior Project he is working on an epinephrine auto-injector. Below are some prototype models printed on the MakerBot Replicators.

  As part of Timothy Sheehan’s Senior Project he is working on an epinephrine auto-injector. Below are some prototype models printed on the MakerBot Replicators....

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3D Scanning John Bigelow’s Death Mask
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Union College is home to many interesting artifacts donated by alumni, or otherwise acquired by the college. One such group of artifacts are those related to John Bigelow, American lawyer and statesman, and a diplomat to France during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. Bigelow graduated Union College in 1835, and a number of artifacts related to his […]

Union College is home to many interesting artifacts donated by alumni, or otherwise acquired by the college. One such group of artifacts are those related to John Bigelow, American lawyer and statesman, and a diplomat to France during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency. Bigelow graduated Union College in 1835, and a number of artifacts related to his life and work reside in the collections of the...

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Fashion 4 Freedom shoe base printed on MakerBot
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This is an update to the Fashion 4 Freedom shoe base. The shoe is life size; in the image it is next to the shoe base that was modeled. This was printed on the MakerBot. It took 15 hours and 17 minutes to print (and about an hour to clean off the support materials). It […]

This is an update to the Fashion 4 Freedom shoe base. The shoe is life size; in the image it is next to the shoe base that was modeled. This was printed on the MakerBot. It took 15 hours and 17 minutes to print (and about an hour to clean off the support materials). It used 244.12 g of filament and weighs .538 lbs. The...

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‘Fixing’ The Makerbot
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We have two types of 3D printers in the Design Studio: A Stratasys Connex 500 and a Makerbot Replicator (Dual).  The Stratasys is by far a better printer, but whats great about the Makerbot is the low cost of printing.  We use our Makerbot for proof of concept and prototyping before sending our final STLs […]

We have two types of 3D printers in the Design Studio: A Stratasys Connex 500 and a Makerbot Replicator (Dual).  The Stratasys is by far a better printer, but whats great about the Makerbot is the low cost of printing.  We use our Makerbot for proof of concept and prototyping before sending our final STLs to the Stratasys machine, allowing us to print multiple...

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Acoustic Metamaterials
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The idea of acoustic metamaterials follows from the theory and research done in Negative Index Metamaterials (NIMs). As you may be noticed from the name, they are called negative index materials because instead of having positive refractive index as naturally occurring transparent materials, these artificially structured materials possess negative refractive index, giving them unique properties […]

The idea of acoustic metamaterials follows from the theory and research done in Negative Index Metamaterials (NIMs). As you may be noticed from the name, they are called negative index materials because instead of having positive refractive index as naturally occurring transparent materials, these artificially structured materials possess negative refractive index, giving them unique properties of bending light as shown in the figure below...

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Update on Professor Rice’s Sphagnum moss models
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This is the continuation of the project that Carson Miller and Samuel Ratcliffe has worked on in the past (2013-2014). They have successfully come up with the working SolidWorks model for the Sphagnum moss models that can be printed (some of the printed prototypes are displayed in our studio). The updated version of Carson’s model […]

This is the continuation of the project that Carson Miller and Samuel Ratcliffe has worked on in the past (2013-2014). They have successfully come up with the working SolidWorks model for the Sphagnum moss models that can be printed (some of the printed prototypes are displayed in our studio). The updated version of Carson’s model can be seen in the slide show. Prof. Rice’s...

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Fashion4Freedom Shoe Base
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This is the first print of the Vietnamese Fashion4Freedom shoe base using the Stratasys printer. A lot of the detail in the dragon head has been lost from the computer model design this is likely due to a break in the geometry of the shoe model. Fashion4Freedom is a social enterprise that aims to provide […]

This is the first print of the Vietnamese Fashion4Freedom shoe base using the Stratasys printer. A lot of the detail in the dragon head has been lost from the computer model design this is likely due to a break in the geometry of the shoe model. Fashion4Freedom is a social enterprise that aims to provide high fashion to the industry while creating a safe...

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Dragonfly Eye Patch Design
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In continuing the Dragonfly eye patch research design, over the past few weeks some analysis has been made to further improve its current design. As you can see below the dragonfly helmet covers the whole head while covering one eye. This is somewhat controversial since the helmet covers some parts of the head anatomy such […]

In continuing the Dragonfly eye patch research design, over the past few weeks some analysis has been made to further improve its current design. As you can see below the dragonfly helmet covers the whole head while covering one eye. This is somewhat controversial since the helmet covers some parts of the head anatomy such as the occipital triangle and the ocelli which dragonflies...

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