Construction Timeline: Japanese Jewelry Box

My construction timeline for creating my Japanese jewelry box is linear and pretty simple. For this weekend, I intend to finish designing and fabricating the mechanism for unlocking a secret…

20th Century Design Movements

The most closely related 20th century design movement to the design of my jewelry box is Art Nouveau. The trees and flowers, combined with the smooth flowy lines, resemble those…

Design Review: Japanese Jewelry Box

Originally, I planned to create my own mechanical puzzle for my final project. I drew inspiration from simple puzzles that I played with in my childhood. Due to time constraints,…

Top 5 Constraints: Japanese Jewelry Box

I have already instigated a design change due to constraints — I have chosen to make more of a Japanese jewelry box with a couple of hidden compartments. I made…

Main Project Inspirations: Mechanical Puzzle

Who doesn’t enjoy a good puzzle?! Mechanical puzzles are a great way to exercise and train the brain to think “out of the box”, so to speak. I distinctly remember…

Skill Sets and Aspirations

Greetings! My name is Emma and I am a fourth-year undergraduate in mechanical engineering born and raised in Colorado. Given the dynamic world that we live in, I find it…

Upcycle Final Report: Steampunk Jellyfish

Inspired by the giant, steampunk octopus of Burning Man, “El Pulpo Mechanico”, and a favorite video game character of mine, Fallout 4‘s “Codsworth”,¬†I decided to use steampunk as the aesthetic…

Design Loop: Steampunk Jellyfish

I find that I like to plan things out in a very succinct, organized way, which I can probably attribute to the engineering background provided to me over the last…

Aesthetics Exploration: Geometry as an Aesthetic

Patterns with distinct edges and shapes have been implemented¬†by humans for centuries to use geometry as a form of expression. Studies of Palaeolithic cave art have revealed that even the…