To create an adapter that could mount on a bicycle that would allow a rider in an underdeveloped area to ride up to a water source, start pedaling backwards to pump and filter the water, and then simply pedal away.
Create a hanging wall plotter that could be suction cupped to any smooth hard surface and used to draw vector art and render images anywhere.
After convincing Brett to trust me with his robot (a difficult feat unto itself), I hatched a plan to make the robotic arm draw our company logo onto sugar cookie with icing. Once this was accomplished, the second objective became to create a more engaging interaction with the demo so they weren’t just standing there watching me run the machine. This eventually involved writing a program to prompt the user to place a cookie on the plate and detect when it was available to be decorated.
When Design Concepts exchanged their old FDM for a newer model, I found out that Stratasys only took out the extruder head and control boards of the old machine, a process that they thought rendered the machine useless. Fools. My plan was to restore it using a CNC controller (TinyG) that I had lying around and a knock off Makerbot extruder, but while I was working on a client project, I discovered a more exciting potential use for it. We were working with a material that is extruded as a paste and then cured with heat, which made it difficult to produce functional prototypes, so it seemed like a perfect opportunity to try an build a syringe based rapid prototyping machine.
With the money that Josh and I received for the PureWater Trike, we decided to use it towards a trip to implement a biosand filter project in Ecuador at Lalo Loor Dry Forest Reserve. I had previously written a proposal for the project with two other Engineers Without Borders members but we didn’t get the funding, so when we got this money, it seemed like a perfect opportunity.
After moving from the Madison office to the San Francisco office at Design Concepts, I wanted to help devise a way to boost communication between the offices and help the new hires in our satellite office get to know those back in headquarters better. When a coworker brought in a cheap, touch sensitive candy dispenser and asked me if we could hack it, it seemed like a great opportunity to do something fun to bond the offices together.
At Design Concepts, when a client is in the office we will typically have food brought in for lunch. Millie sets up the table with an array of delicious sandwiches, chips, salad and cookies (or sometimes a taco bar!) and wheels it outside the meeting space in the middle of the office. It sits there while the diners enjoy their lunch and those of us not involved in the meeting walk by trying not to drool over the food — a temptation I can only imagine akin to Eve in the Garden of Eden.
At Design Concepts – SF, we have two floors: the first floor is the workshop and front door where the packages are delivered to and the second floor is where the desks and computers are, and where all the people awaiting packages work.
There is a tendency for whomever answers the door to sign for the package and then place it on the shipping table downstairs but not tell the recipient it is there. This is completely reasonable behavior since the person who signs for the package is presumably busy with their own work, but typically when I am waiting on a package it is a time sensitive item and I could really use it as soon as it arrives.
From my first semester at UW Madison, I have been working with the University’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders with our Haiti Program. Partnered with the community of Bayonnais, in Northwest Haiti, I’ve helped lead a subgroup researching and prototyping latex concrete roof segments.
Created a rotating platform for taking time-lapse videos of microgreens growing for a Professor in the UW Madison Art Department.
A collection of various projects from my undergraduate time at UW Madison’s Mechanical Engineering program.