Bargain Bandsaw Project

Making do with a $50 bandsaw off Craigslist.

It's generally known that cheap tools are usually not worth the trouble, but the deal on this bandsaw was simply too hard to pass up. With only a missing table, it was merely a quick woodworking project away from restoring its full functionality.

MECH 458: Capstone 3D Optical Well Imager

Integrating computer vision with automated pipeline inspection.

Well liner repairs are costly and dangerous, and preventative measures are frequently taken by companies to minimize risk and future problems. The objective of this project was to develop an optical scanning system to be used for generating 3D models and images of liners, casings, and other types of pipe through fluids.

MECH 328: TrailRider Design Project

Designing a next-generation, offroad wheelchair.

The TrailRiderâ„¢ is a specialized device to provide accessibility to the wilderness for those with limited mobility. As a team of mechanical engineering undergrads, we explored areas of improvement and developed a new design to incorporate these features.

Co-op: Drill Cover User Study

Quantifying the performance of a surgical drill designed for low-resource settings.

Drill availability is a major limitation in developing counties, where surgeons turn to using manual hand-crank drills to perform surgeries. A common hardware drill equipped with a waterproof, sterilizable fabric cover provides a cost-effective solution in the operating room.

car2go Bowling

Roof-mounted rig for vehicular bowling at the 2014 Vancouver Fringe Festival.

A novel method of bowling was introduced at a car2go marketing event. Using a non-permanent method of atachment, a roof-mounted bowling rig was designed and created.

Award Winning Bamboo Bike

An organic, gluten-free mode of transportation.

Bamboo bicycles provide road vibration absorption, a higher strength to weight ratio than steel, and comparable stiffness to aluminum. Exceeding the threshold for Vancouverite-hipster was the goal of this build.

Co-op: The Age Effect on Bicycle Helmets

Assessing the safety of your 15 year-old helmet.

Foam liners in bicycle helmets absorb energy during impacts. Manufacturers recommend replacing a helmet every 2 to 10 years to maintain optimal head protection. To investigate this recommendation, we quantified the material and impact attenuation properties of helmets to determine if they changed with age.

MECH 223: Hovercraft Competition

Racing a remote-controlled hovercraft made of cardboard, plastic bags, and pink foam.

Teams were given 3 weeks to research, conceptualize, test, and refine their hovercrafts to compete in a class-wide battle of speed, cargo capacity, and maneuverability.

LEGO Headphones

Making music with the world's favourite construction toy.

Combining two favourite past-times of music and LEGO resulted in the generation of a novel, functional pair of headphones. Batteries not included. Some assembly required.