Post 5: Main Project Plans and Inspirations 2021

Timeless Puzzle box Ideas and Inspirations

I enjoy indulging in YouTube in my free time, where I came across several puzzle box videos. I took an interest mainly in Japanese puzzle boxes, because I enjoyed the overshadowed precision behind every box. As I delved deeper into the history of the puzzle box, I noticed that form the very first puzzle boxes…

Neon Sign – Main Project Inspirations

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Although I am not completely set on what details my final project will include, I am leaning towards making a neon light sign. I want to make a sign that contains my online user since I stream on twitch, but I also want a moving illusion with the lights flashing. An example of a simple…

To Infinity…

Space has been called the final frontier. For my final project, I am looking for inspiration from one of the places where I have found much of it in the past. Space travel. When I was in my last year of high school, I went on a trip with my physics class to Cape Canaveral.…

Hidden Blade: Main Project Inspiration

For my main project, I am thinking about doing a hidden blade; inspired by the videogame saga Assassin’s Creed. In the videogame series, the hidden blade is a concealable weapon that undergoes many aesthetic and functional variations. The first hidden blades showed in the game are owned by Altair and the other Assassins, they are…

Desk Extension Final Project Ideas

Figure 1 Figure 2 My idea for my final project is to build a desk extension. I recently removed my desk riser to make room for a monitor, and I lost some easily reachable storage space. I don’t have a table that is the same height as my desk, so I figured I could build…

Main Project: Thanos’ Gauntlet

For the main project in our class I have had some trouble figuring out what I wanted to do but I have an initial idea of what I want to do. I have been watching the Avengers series recently, and began to think about how I could possibly make Thanos’ gauntlet from Avengers Infinity War…

Main Project Ideas and Inspirations

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Because I have been so busy lately between the Upcycle Project, my senior design project, and my other classes, I haven’t had much of a chance to think about the main project. When I began brainstorming ideas for the project, I quickly got frustrated as I could not think of anything, when I felt that…

National Forests and Southern Homes

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I grew up in the greater Boston area where I fell in love with the dense deciduous forests. Every fall friends and family would flock to New Hampshire and Maine to watch the leaves turn. Sprawling hills with miles of hiking to overlooks of untouched forest. In the winter all the trees become try bare…

Main Project Ideas and Inspiration

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For my main project, I have yet to come up with a good idea to start designing and planning on. Since I have been busy with other projects and classes couple with the fact that we just finished the Upcycle project, I haven’t had enough time to brainstorm an idea and go through with it.…

Main Project Brainstorming

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For my final project, I want to make something that has a major engineering aspect to it. If possible, I want to incorporate metal into the design, but I know that’s going to be pretty difficult since most machine shops are pretty tough to access right now. If not metal, I will definitely plan on…

Natural vs Industrial Chess Set: Project Plan & Inspiration

Initial Ideas & Inspiration Stained glass spinning sun catcher. Since the only requirement in this project is to have some sort of dynamic component and the cost should be a maximum of $150.00, my intention was to create home décor or a functional item. Originally, I was inspired by sun catchers/stained glass like the sun…

Final Project Idea: Two-Stroke Engine Desk Lamp

One of my favorite hobbies is dirt biking – I ride a KTM 300cc (seen in the featured image) two-stroke that has been an absolute blast to ride for the past several years. One of the aspects of two-stroke engines that make them so fun is the simplicity of the engine itself. A two-stroke engine,…

Main Project Inspiration: Fiber Optic Cables

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So far, my final project inspirations stem from a few different ideas and aesthetics. While I am still unsure if I will end up going with any of these I think that going a bit deeper into the ideas will help me brainstorm further and help me decide what to choose. One of the main…

Main Project Idea: Light Board or Sketching robot

I have to decide between two ideas for my final project. I like both the ideas equally and I might end up doing both but one as a self project. Both the ideas have a aesthetic element to them. Lightboard- I was inspired to make this as my final project after I saw it in…

Main Project Inspiration

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Having just finished the upscale project, I haven’t put much thought into the main project.  Because of this, I have absolutely no idea what I want to do for it.  For this inspiration post, I suppose I will talk about things that I am passionate about and hopefully it will give me some inspiration.  The…

Graduation Gift to Myself: Final Project Ideas

I’ve been struggling a lot to try and come up with an idea for what to do for this project. This irks me because I’m constantly looking around my house and on the internet seeing cool things other individuals have done and thinking, “Oh I’d like to try to build something like that” but of…

Organics Inspired Desk Water Fountain

Organics Inspired Desk Water Fountain For my final project I wanted to experiment with a process I have played around with the past. This process is the Topology Optimization tool in SOLIDWORKS which maximizes the stiffness to weight ratio of a given component. Basically, Topology Optimization strategically takes away material from the part while attempting…

The Hammock Project

What could be better than lying back in a hammock on a nice summer day with a cold drink in one hand and a good book in the other? Try and think of something – I’ll wait… With the cold weather that comes with the late winter months and the stresses of looming work and…

Open Workspace

With remote work not going anywhere anytime soon, people are making the most of their home spaces to create a space that allows for work to be done while also creating a relaxing space. I want to create two office spaces in a spare room that will still be able to function as a home…

Main Project: Plans and Inspirations

For my main project, I am still unsure of what I want to do, but I have several inspirations that are guiding me. I plan to do some sort of art piece, with interactive or moving parts. I haven’t yet decided on what type of aesthetic to pursue, but I have a general genre or…

Cryptex Lock

As a little kid I constantly found myself wanting to take apart objects or find a way to lock mechanisms that could be used for storage. For example, I had a special piggy bank for my allowance that had a key locking mechanism which must be inserted a certain way to unlock the piggy bank.…

light and dark main project inspirations

For my final project I am planning to try to incorporate a special extra black paint. I think that it will be an interesting combination with trying to incorporate something dynamic into my project. The reason that I am thinking about using this is that I think that if I have certain parts of my…

Minimalism Final Project Inspirations

My final project has been difficult for me to figure out. There are so many possibilities that I am struggling to make design constraints to brainstorm within. I want to take inspiration from well thought out engineering, simple yet elegant. I want to make something that I can use every day, not something that will…

Articulating Lamp Final Project

I am constantly finding myself needing more light when I am working on projects in my room. I find myself trying to stand my phone up at weird angles in order to get light at a specific angle. I am thinking of making a desk lamp that can articulate to many different angles. I have…

High Tech Mask Final Project

Masks are often a common element in the world of sci-fi. Whether it be for outer space, issues of pollution, or to protect against viruses, masks are often added into the genre. With issues such as COVID-19 arising and masks becoming more common, I can see the connection of why they are somewhat synonyms with…

Mousetrap Car 2.0

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If you have taken a physics class in high school, which I’d imagine most of you did, you’ve probably had to build a mousetrap car as one of your projects. For me, it was a really interesting and fun project because you got to apply the physics concepts that you learned in class into an…

Army Inspired Center Console

A while back my dad and I thought that it would be a good idea to buy a project car to work on and bond through. Two years later and the car is still a project and we have put much more money into it than it is worth. However, him and I being the…

Main Project Ideas and Inspirations

I have not settled on a final project plan but have a few ideas that I’m playing with in my head. None of my ideas have any particular relation other than the fact that I am going to try to upcycle (I know it’s no longer a project requirement, but we should always try to…

Main Project Brainstorming

I have no idea what I want to make for the final project. Well, that’s not totally accurate. What I should say is that I have too many ideas about what I will make, and I don’t like any of them. I am enjoying learning about woodworking (see my upcycle project to learn more about…

Main Project Inspiration and Ideas

Between the upcycle project and the work I had for other class, I hadn’t put too much thought into what I would like to do for my final project. As a result, I don’t have that many ideas for something that I could do so for this post I figured I would just list out…

Semester Main Project : Tensegrity base

For my main semester project, I am going to be building a ‘tensegrity’ base for a coffee table. A ‘tensegrity’ design is a tension-based structure that creates a sort of floating illusion. These designs operate on the principle of opposing tension to create stability. A lot of the designs that I have seen out there…
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