Projects

Project Portfolio

A digital collection of school, organization, and personal projects, organized chronologically.

3D Printing Exploration

A Collection of Independent Projects (Summer 2020)

This section is still in progress as I continue to test new techniques.

Over the summer, I used my design experience to push the limits of my 3D printer, as well as learn more about the technology and various abilities. Through these experiments, I expanded my knowledge in the following fields:

  • Designing for Additive Manufacturing
  • Designing for Post-Process Assembly
  • Custom Print Supports with PrusaSlicer
  • Multi-Color Integration with PrusaSlicer
  • 3D Printer Enclosures
  • 3D Printed Fluid Systems

I was also able to discover new design techniques to expand my CAD capabilities by learning how to design complex parts that I wouldn’t normally be able to create since they aren’t conventionally machinable.

3D Printed Bracket

Independent Project (Spring 2020)

For this project, I used my recently-purchased Ender 5 3D printer to print out brackets to repair my shower curtain. My shower curtain recently fell and broke, and instead of buying a new one, I designed and printed a solution that is both structurally supportive, as well as aesthetically pleasing.

The parts were designed in Solidworks and sliced using the Creality slicer. Printed with PLA using 0.15″ layer heights, and 210°C extruder temperature.

CNC Manufacturing Project

IEEE ROV Team (Spring 2020)

For this project, I was tasked with manufacturing a team member’s design as a part of the IEEE ROV Team.

I used several skills and machines to complete this project, including CAD with Solidworks, CAM with Fusion360, CNC operations with the 3-Axis Mill and the Lathe (including Live Tooling), and manually tapping 6-32 holes into the parts.

ROV Requirements - Standard Work

IEEE ROV Team (Fall 2019)

When the Purdue IEEE ROV Team received the rules for the 2020 MATE International Competition, I completed the Standard Work detailing all of the functions this year’s robot needed to perform.

With the 2020 competition cancelled due to COVID-19, this document is no longer Company Private, and can be shared accordingly.

ROV Recruitment Video

IEEE ROV Team (Fall 2019)

For this project, I used my video editing skills and footage from the previous year to create a recruitment video for the IEEE ROV Team.

Audio Equalizer

Class Project – Linear Circuit Analysis (Spring 2019)

The purpose of this project was to build an audio equalizer that could independently control the proportions of bass, mid, and treble frequencies of an input audio frequency. The system operates using various filters, amplifiers, crossovers, and buffers to create an effective audio equalizer.

The Micro-ROV

IEEE ROV Team (Spring 2019)

The Micro-ROV is a tool designed for the 2019 Purdue IEEE ROV Team for the 2019 MATE International Competition. As a member of the tools team, I designed this tool to jettison from the main ROV, traverse down a 6″ diameter corrugated tube, and investigate a dam’s structural support at the end of the tube. The final product is a 7″ long, fully-enclosed PET-G shell, and is powered via a Blue Robotics T200 Thruster.

As a disclaimer, I did not design the camera or the camera enclosure, that was done by another member of our team who specialized in the robot’s cameras.

Grout Dispenser Tool

IEEE ROV Team (Spring 2019)

The “Grouter” Grout Dispenser Tool is a tool designed for the 2019 IEEE ROV Team. As a member of the tools team, I spent the semester working on this tool. I worked through multiple iterations and requirement changes to continually improve this part ahead of the 2019 MATE International competition. Features include:

  • Able to hold and dispense 50 mL of Mexican beach pebbles
  • Doubles as a dynamic buoyancy unit (the volume of air within the unit when loaded is calculated so that the tool is net neutrally buoyant between the initial and final configurations)
  • Has survived stress tests of hundreds of cycles, including tests cycling the unit up to 20 Hz

PVC Train Horn Project

Boiler Gold Rush (Summer 2018)

This project was my “beacon” for my new students as a part of the Boiler Gold Rush Student Orientation Program at Purdue University. As you can see, the beacon is hands-free, and includes a breath-powered, 110 dB PVC train horn. My 18 students were easily able to find me in crowds during Purdue’s massive, week-long orientation program, and my tenacity during the week resulted in an 89% student retention rate at the end of the week (higher than most groups), as well as myself being awarded “Most Spirited TL” and “Best Beacon” that year.

Bicycle-Powered Boilermaker Special Model

Independent Project (Summer 2018)

This was a summer project that I completed and brought back to Purdue to ride during Home football games. The model’s features include:

  • 5-wheel, bicycle-powered (top speed 10 mph)
  • 110 dB, breath-powered, PVC train horn (tuned to the pitches of the Boilermaker Special: a Nathan P5 horn)
  • Collapsible to half size (by volume) to fit into my 2005 Chrysler Town and Country, and can be disassembled in 20 minutes with no tools

"Catching Shadows" Marimba Duet

Purdue Percussion Ensemble (Spring 2018)

Myself and Mark Peterson (BSME ’19) performed Ivan Trevino’s “Catching Shadows” as a part of the 2018 Percussion Ensemble Concert. This project demonstrated:

  • Teamwork, as the piece requires a lot of coordination (especially when we were faced back to back)
  • Dedication, as the piece is reasonably difficult
  • Musicality, as the piece is melodically rich as well as technically challenging

Big Bass Drum Costume

Independent Project (Fall 2017)

This was a quick project I designed an built in just 5 hours on the Friday before Halloween 2017. I started designing it at noon, and was able to finish the project by 5pm the same day, just in time to march with the Purdue All American Marching Band on their way back to Elliot Hall of Music after their rehearsal. I also wore the drum in the audience at the Purdue vs. Nebraska game that Saturday.

How to Play a Drum Roll - Asynchronous Presentation

Class Project – Communications (Fall 2017)

This video teaches the viewer how to play a drum roll, and the presentation demonstrates several of my skills:

  • Communication Skills
  • Video Editing and Presentation Skills
  • Ability to Make Difficult Content Accessible for Novice Learners