Student Work

Constraints and Specs for Paudarium

Top 5 Specs: Must hold water: The tank must hold water in order to be successful.  This is fairly obvious but surprisingly difficult to accomplish. Durability: The tank has to be able to hold up long-term.  I plan on having this tank setup for many years and therefore the glass and all other aspects of…

Airbox: Top 5 specifications and constraints

For my airbox project, I had a lot of specifications and constraints to work around. After the vehicle was in an accident, I didn’t really have a functional air enclosure at all, it was just a filter. Because of this, my primary specification was to separate the hot air around the engine from the cool…

Digital Picture Frame; Specs and Constraints

As I have progressed through the process of building my digital picture frame, I have been guided by the following 5  specifications and have been challenged as well by the following five constraints. Specifications: Repairability: The picture frame must be easily repairable should any component break. By virtue of using a platform such as the…

Ammo Crate Constraints and Specifications

ALRIGHT, it is Wednesday (my dudes), and you know what that means, time for another obligatory post. This post is gonna behave like a Goosebumps choose your scare book, so if you want to just read the Constraints and Specifications succinctly summarized read the next paragraph, if you want all the details of these Specs…

Mural Chair Specifications and Constraints

The Mural chair (adapted from the Robert Van Embriqs chair) has some key features that need to be applied in order for it to properly function. I also have my own constraints witch will make it more difficult to produce these specifications. See below for my top five specifications and top five constraints with the…

Kayak Rack Specs. and Constraints

The current specifications have been both been set by dad and the aesthetics of the project. Specifications: The goal is to match the general construction aesthetics of Georgian homes. The patio of my parents house has matte black steel roofing mounted at a low angle. I plan on using the same roofing as the house,…

Open Workspace, Constraints and Specifications

Being in the midst of working on this project, I have realized there are some important constraints to be made aware of when I have been working on creating this design from scratch.  These constraint’s can be found in any project that you begin to work on and also apply here as described below. Cost: From…

Main Project – Neon Design and Alternatives

For my project I am going to make a neon sign with my user for gaming (my gamertag). I want to capture the glow wave aesthetic where the background is dark and you have bright blue or pink neon lighting coming through. The idea for my neon design is shown below. I want an acrylic…

Organic Fountain – Top 5 Specifications and Constraints

Top 5 Specifications and Constraints    Specifications: Organic Aesthetic The first and arguably most important specification for my project is achieving the Organic Aesthetic. As seen in the figure below I believe I achieve this with my Topology Optimization output of the Fountain Head as seen below: Figure. 1 Topology Output Bottom Isometric View  …

Plant Wheel: Specs and Constraints

With finalized plans for my final project design and some good strides in fabrication, I’ve been able to think quite a bit about the key specs and constraints of the wall plant wheel that I’m making. Five specs of my project are as follows: Outer dimensions Number of plants to hold Smooth / uniform rotation…

Cryptex Lock, Constraints and Specs

Upon completion of the design preview, I spent a large sum of time working on my cryptex lock to produce my first full iteration utilizing every component necessary. This step took multiple hours in CAD and a few different prints to ensure all the locking number dials as well as both the inner and outer…

MF Doom Memorial Design Preview

I’ve put quite a bit of time into refining and reworking my design since it’s ideation stage. I’ve moved away from a lot of ideas that I realized weren’t going to work well for my final design and refined some of the features I already had. To start off, I was going to have this…

Capo Design Review

  For my project, I am making a renaissance themed capo for my guitar. This idea evolved from me just wanting to make my project fancy and with a lot of curves, which is what led me to this theme for my object. In order to accomplish this, I will mainly use two methods. First,…

Graphic Pop Art Clock

For my project, I settled on either putting together a clock from scratch parts and materials or taking apart an existing clock and reassembling it while customizing and embellishing it with my graphic pop art that I have made and/or own. The aesthetic I decided to go with was the graphic pop art aesthetic I…

Bikepacking Bags Design Preview

In my last post I spoke about wanting to make a bikepacking handlebar bag for my final project. As a reminder, bikepacking is riding a bicycle, usually on trail, for at least one overnight/camp. I have been interested in the sport for some time, but it is quite expensive to get into. To save some…

Design Preview: Mousetrap Car 2.0

For my final project, I will be making a long distance mousetrap car. This is inspired by a high school physics project that I did 5 years ago. Since the mousetrap car that I made previously didn’t do too well in a long distance race, I wanted to take on this project again and see…

Ammo Crate Console Preview

Ground has been broken and the project is officially on its way!  I have received my two 40mm ammo crates and am now starting the process of acquiring the remaining materials needed for this project. This project was inspired by my dad and by having a center console in my car that stinks. I also…

Multifunctional Reclaimed Wood Resin Glow Table

Design Review Presentation Recording For my project, I will be making a multifunctional distressed wood resin fill table. This piece will be unique because it will incorporate LED’s, adjustable table legs, glow in the dark resin, and a rustic distressed wood base for the table top. I am creating this table to use as a…

Design Preview: Air Intake

For my final design project, I decided to make an air intake system for my car to both improve the aesthetics of the engine bay and improve performance. I wanted the whole system to look like it belongs in the engine bay, almost as if Volvo offered it as a factory upgrade. I tried to…

Design Process – Neon Sign

For my final project, I decided to create something that I would keep for a long time. Since I play and stream for the Call of Duty Esports team here at CU, I decided to make a neon sign of my username so that I could use it as decoration in my room. Source: https://twitter.com/BoulderEsports/status/1356704747080675328?s=20…

Modern / Futuristic desk Lamp

For my final project I will be making a modern / futuristic lamp. I decided on this for my final project because I constantly find myself needing more light when I am working on projects after the sun sets. My initial ideas for the lamp are: sleek modern looking design, capable of extending and articulating…

Paludarium Design Review

Fro my final project I will be constructing a paludarium.  for those of you who don’t know what that is, a paludarium is a part water part land naturescape.  I will be using this paludarium to house my indian dwarf puffer Penelope.  I’ve made several aquariums in my day but never a paludarium.  I’m excited…

Design Preview: Thanos’ Gauntlet

I really enjoy watching Marvel movies, and have been recently thinking about acquiring some sort of memorabilia from the movies. I began thinking why purchase something when I can make something of value. The first thing that came to mind was creating Thanos’ Gauntlet from Avengers: Infinity War.  The aesthetic I am envisioning for this…

Chess Board Design Review

What I am going to make INSPIRATIONS For this project I really wanted to create something that I would use long term as opposed to making something just for this class. I thought of creating a chess board since it is a hobby that I picked up at the start of quarantine to pass the…

Swivel Bar Stool Design Preview

For my final project, I have been struggling to find a concept that I would really enjoy exploring as well as something that I could use or look at daily! I was struggling between two very different aesthetics that both in their own way, spoke to me. The first aesthetic I explored was the aesthetic…

Light Board Design Preview

I chose to make a Light Board for my final project instead of the second option which was a sketching robot. The main reason being that it seemed farfetched to fit in a sketching robot project in the given time-line. I first saw a working Light Board in an on-line class that I took on…

Hidden Blade Design Preview

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

Chair Mural: Design Preview

The chair mural is a functional piece of art. When folded flat, it can be laid against the wall as a decorative mural. When folded into its chair form, It can be used as a piece of furniture. Form: To start I’ll describe my inspirations. I needed a folding chair that folded as flat as…

Floating Coffee Table – Design Preview

As mentioned in previous posts, I will be building a coffee table base using the principle of tensegrity.  Short for ‘tensional integrity’, tensegrity is a structural principle based on suspending isolated rigid bodies within a network of tensile members. This technique, popularized in the mid twentieth century, has found its way into art, bridge design,…

Design Preview: Rotating Plant Wheel

Presentation Video Link: https://vimeo.com/530615853 With just over a month left in the semester, a lot needs to be done to turn the vision for my rotating plant wheel wall decoration into a physical artifact. A lot of thought went into my decision to make a plant wheel for my final project. To help make the decision…

MF Doom Memorial Aesthetics

I decided I wanted to do a memorial to artist Daniel Dumile or better known as MF Doom. He passed away in October of 2020. I had almost completely forgotten he had passed away at the age of 49. He was one of my favorite artists in high school and really introduced me to how…

Cryptex Lock Design Preview

For my project, I decided to make a cryptex lock as I have wanted to build one ever since watching The Da Vinci Code. Thus, this project presented me with the perfect opportunity to design and fabricate a lock based on one of my favorite movies. This lock falls into one aesthetic which I am…

Open Workspace Design Preview

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…

Neon Sign – Main Project Inspirations

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…

Upcycle Final – EDM Ministage

For my Upcycle Project I decided to make something that I miss due to COVID and something I currently enjoy during the pandemic. I decided to make a mini MainStage with a Playstation theme. This is because I miss festivals the most, and gaming has been a huge help during this pandemic as it gives…

T-Shirt Quilt Design Preview

Aesthetics and Inspirations: For my project, I decided on making a t-shirt quilt out of my sister’s Iowa State University t-shirts. This falls into two aesthetics that I have explored in the past. The first being the aesthetic I used for my Upcycle Project: Old School Athletics. The second is my personal aesthetic: comfy coze.…

Main Project Brainstorming

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…

Personal Aesthetic Exploration

I personally have never put much thought towards my personal aesthetics, but generally I tend to choose the products I own or the clothes I wear primarily focused on there desired performance. I grew up in the Northeast so for a significant portion of the year it was wicked cold. As a result, I realized…

Handlebar Bag for Bikepacking

For my final project, I plan on creating a bag (or multiple bags if I have time) for bikepacking. If you are not familiar, bikepacking is the combination of mountain biking and backpacking. The sport is particularly laissez-faire. I have read multiple blogs that say all you need to do is strap a sleeping bag…

Final Project Plans: Mousetrap Car

My final project is about completely redesigning a mousetrap car that I made 5 years ago in high school. I decided that the main goal is to make the car go beyond 200 feet, which is a distance that my old design did not even come close to accomplishing. I’ve done some research and found…

Main Project Aesthetics – Plans and Alternatives

  For my final project, I am going to build a ‘floating’ tensegrity coffee table base. The aesthetics that I am aiming to demonstrate are industrial and minimalist. This will be accomplished by using tube steel / steel cables and sticking to a very straight-forward form. Besides these two, the overall aesthetic revolves around the…

Final Project Update/Alternatives

For my final project I ended up deciding to move forward with my chess board idea. For my project I will be combining a sort of rustic aesthetic for the features outside of the board while using a sort of technological aesthetic for the board itself. The components outside of the board will most likely…

Design Alternatives

For my final project, I am creating a hidden blade like the ones featured in the videogame Assassin’s Creed. In this post, I will evaluate design alternatives both in the aesthetic and functional features. The aesthetic of the hidden blade has varied in each game, featuring the common styles of the era the game is…

Futuristic Longboard

 My original plan was to create a futuristic “high-tech” mask and incorporate glasses into it (since masks always fog my glasses). I made some sketches and attempted to plan it out, but I quickly realized it was going to be much harder than I expected.   In the previous post about our personal aesthetics, I…

The Aesthetic of Nature

For my main project I have decided to focus on the aesthetic of nature.  While in last week’s post, I said that I identify with the mountainous aesthetic of Colorado, this project will be more jungle themed. For those of you that haven’t read my previous blog post about my final project, I have decided…

Digital Picture Frame Plans and Aesthetic

I am well on my way to creating a digital picture frame for my final project. Because I have my idea fairly set, I will use this post to talk about the aesthetic I will be applying as well as the progress I have made rather than focusing on the alternatives.  I have touched on…

Main Project Aesthetics: Air Intake Ideas

As those of you who read my blog post last week know, I have decided to construct an air intake system for my car that consists of an intake tube and air filter enclosure. I am aiming to make a design that simplifies the engine bay while also conforming to the minimalist aesthetic. However, I…

Futuristic Desk Lamp

For this project I am going to make an articulating lamp with a futuristic aesthetic. I plan on doing this by 3D printing all of the lamps pieces out of black and white material and painting over them with a gloss to give them a shine. I think this will help with the aesthetic of…

Open Workspace Update

Since I have known what I will be doing for my final project for this course for awhile, my overall plans for building/constructing the desk have been set into place. Since this is a larger piece of semi permeant furniture to go into the room, I will be keeping my original thoughts on sticking with…

Cryptex Lock

Since I have come to a conclusion for my final project for quite some time now, my ideas and design are pretty much cemented. Therefore, I would prefer to utilize this post to discuss my progress on my cryptex lock and highlight a few key components. As previously discussed in my recent blog posts, I…