Recent Projects: Product Design
Reduction Of Visual Field Loss With Novel Ice Hockey Mask
Team: Lauren Harad, Alissa Santa Maria, Cole Sulser
Sponsor: Dr. Mitchell Wolf
Advisor: Ronald Lasky
A need exists for a hockey mask that reduces overall visual field loss without compromising safety and that athletes will prefer over the current full cages. We designed an improved cage with thinner bars and optimized geometry. We constructed various iterations of looks-like prototypes and performed rounds of user testing to determine an optimal design. The first round showed that the mask with the thinnest diameter bars (1/16" bars) was optimal. The second showed that most users prefer the state-of-the-art design of square openings between bars over rectangular openings. Through modeling safety tests and performing various calculations to compare the new design with the state-of-the-art carbon steel masks, we found the minimum requirements for key material properties.
Snowboard Binding Mount
Team: Matthew Reynolds, Scott Sottosanti, Adam Powers
Sponsor: Terry Smith
Advisor: Harold Frost
Current snowboard binding technology prevents the ideal flexing of the board needed to maximize the efficiency of a turn. This project aimed to correct the lack of control-conducive curvature in a snowboard through a centralized binding mount. We looked at various iterations of center-based prototypes, using CAD/FEM-assisted analysis, benchmark tests, and user feedback to inform each new prototype. We iterated through several designs and came to a conclusion regarding the center-based binding mount along with developing other solutions.
Spinning, Hanging Kitchen Utensil Rack
Team: Natalie Miliano, Brittany Mills, Deidra Willis
Sponsor: Keith Muller
Advisor: Peter Robbie
Our sponsor began with a proposed design and preliminary prototype for a spinning, hanging kitchen utensil rack. The focus of this project was to optimize the design of the product to best eliminate kitchen clutter, and modify the design for manufacturability to reduce production costs while retaining product quality. We completed all deliverables by developing a final optimized design for the kitchen rack, a finished prototype of the design, and a detailed manufacturing plan that minimizes production costs.
Ultra-Portable Blueprint Reader
Team: Justice Amoh, Shail Bajpai, Rachel Rothbarth, Yi-Jie Wang
Sponsor: PrintLess Plans LLC
Advisor: Kofi Odame
Architecture, engineering, and construction professionals rely on large-format drawings to view plans. Although current technology allows for viewing drawings electronically, paper blueprints are still the standard. PrintLess Plans aims to create an electronic device that retains the form factor of paper drawings through the use of flexible screen technology. Our project had three parts: hardware, software, and case design. The hardware portion featured battery selection, identification of integral parts of the evaluation board, and addition of a wireless module. Software included a smartphone app, a cross-compiler, and a daemon. Mechanical needs focused on packaging. Since sufficiently large screens do not exist, tiling multiple screens together to create a large active display area was investigated. Our sponsors requested packaging of two screens in a folder-like case, demonstrating this concept. We have a partially integrated, functioning, one-screen device and a mechanical looks-like prototype for a two-screen system. We developed a web server for uploading images from a computer into a database on the Internet. Up-to-date images can be immediately downloaded onto the phone for display on the electronic paper display, providing functionality that paper blueprints cannot offer.