Monday, November 7, 2011

I had never used a shearing machine until yesterday. I don't think that I've ever discussed our senior mechanical design project on this blog before, but we are working with a ten year old boy who was born without arms. We've been tasked with designing assistive devices to help him change his clothing on his own, and we are currently working under the advisement of an organization called Enabletech that specializes in designing devices for the physically handicapped. This is our second semester working on the project, and we have finally reached the fabrication phase. Yesterday was our first day of machining, and we spent the entire day in the company's machine shop working on our prototypes. I may talk about our designs more in-depth once they can be considered "finished products," but for now, here are some pictures:

Steven and Chris bending a steel bar into a hook.

More bending.

"This machine shop is pretty obscure. You've probably never heard of it."

Caught mid-sentence.

Clearly hard at work.

Cutting down an aluminum bar with the band saw.

Sanding down pieces of filler rod with a drill press.

One of our semi-finished prototypes. The individual bars sticking off still need to be bent into hooks after the bonding epoxy sets.

There was an exposure problem.

There were a lot of problems.

Evidence of a hard day's work.


  1. Those goggles are pretty sweet

  2. This is so cool! I like seeing a little further into your life, getting an idea of what you do as a hardworking student. I think designing assistance devices for a handicapped child is a great use of your time for your senior project. When you pull this off his life will change so much, and he'll be very grateful.