Monthly Archive:: January 2011

Flex Circuit Commutator

The Problem Commutators allow electrical signals and power to transfer between a stationary base and a rotational unit. This is done using what is known as a slip-ring (see the medical slip ring commutator I …

Woodworking

Custom wine cabinet made of mahogany and birds eye maple with a wooden inlay front door.  The hand made custom wooden inlay features two bottles of wine and glasses. Custom jewelry box with a brass …

Photography

The Boston Fashionista —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- For Airtran Go Magazine http://www.airtranmagazine.com/features/2012/11/bostons-unique-chic http://www.thebostonfashionista.com/ Modelling Shoot —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- SpeedLights @ SOPHA Studio —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Kung Fu and Kempo —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Side Lighting —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- The Girls —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- Babies and Kids —————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————- My Linh …
Image of a micro sized robot with piezo electric walking legs

NanoWalker Robot

The NanoWalker micro-robotics The NanoWalker Project is a large scale effort, spanning several years, headed by Sylvain Martel of École Polytechnique of Montreal in conjunction with BioInstrumentation Lab at MIT. The goal of the project is …
Iris mechanism for loading paintballs

Rapid Load Paintball

The Problem Whether it be moving from spot to spot, shooting, or reloading, speed is key when playing paintball.  Most paintball guns have a hopper which can carry approximately 100 paintballs.  When a player wants …
Remot controlled Bot for MIT's 2.007 class

Balls-Hogg 2.007

The Problem As part of the curriculum at MIT, each mechanical engineering student must compete in the 2.007 Student Design Competition.  The goal of the yearly competition is to design a robot that will battle …
Image of a slip ring commutator for medical applications

Medical Commutator

The Problem When studying brain activity in animals, scientists try to intrude as little as possible in their daily activities.  Ideally, they would like the animal to have free range of motion, but this is …
Image fastest human powered hovercraft at the National Air and Space Museum

Human Powerd Hovercraft

Worlds Fastest Human Powered Hovercraft Human powered vehicles are amazing devices which must be light, sturdy, and efficient in order to squeeze every last drop of power out of a person and turn it into …
Needle free injector

Needle-free Injector

The Problem Delivering medications has always been a difficult task. Imagine how hard it is to give injections to a herd of sheep–a problem that the commercial wool industry must face. Using a needle in …
Image of testing for the Automatic Buoyancy Coutrol Scuba System

Auto Buoyancy Scuba

The Problem Scuba diving is challenging and fun but learning to compensate for buoyancy can be difficult. A scuba diver must constantly adjust the air in a bladder as he breaths in and out or …
Close up of a micro needle array

Micro-needle Brain Implant

The Problem The goal of brain control has been limited to reading vague signals from an Electroencephalogram (EEG). It is difficult to get useful information about a patient’s intentions from these weak signals. The goal …

Swarm Robotic Forklift

The problem The Navy has many craft on board their larger ships that are stowed below deck in tight spaces.   Some of these craft can be large, heavy, and bulky making it hard to navigate …
Image of an hinging wheel for a robot

Intelligent Walking Robot

The Problem The Military carries heavy loads on skids capable of carrying as much as 5000 lbs.  The problem with this is the skids are not capable of dealing with even the smallest of obstrucitons, …
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Machine Design with SolidWorks

ME240 Machine Design With SolidWorks The study of the fundamentals of machine design using SolidWorks. Technical drawings as a method of solving engineering problems with the use of Cosmos as an analytical tool. Prerequisites: ME106, …