Category Archives: Design

The 30 minute orthotic – revisited


Yesterday I met my new Capstone team. They are bright, they are smart, and they are anxious to have this great experience. As we began examining the assigned project, I found myself reflecting back on a prior Capstone project. This was … Continue reading

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Engineering the Bottle Cap Opener


At BYU, the engineering Capstone senior project year is now underway. There are 179 students. The first two weeks included lecture on the fundamentals of product development by Professors Carl Sorensen and Brian Jensen regarding Opportunity Development, Architecture Development, Subsystem … Continue reading

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Desirability and Transferability


I have some great ideas, they’re spinning in my head They come to me at dawn, while sleeping in my bed The one I got on Tuesday? a must for every home The one I got on Wednesday? an app … Continue reading

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One + One-half = Four


“Rick?” Becca burst into her colleagues office with her laptop half open. “In the 3D-Printer specification you state that the extruding-head must move precisely to four equally spaced positions.” Rick let go of his mouse, leaned back and put his … Continue reading

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The Minor in Engineering – Wireless


“Grandpa?” 5 year-old Ben eagerly grabbed me one holiday, while the other kids played soccer. “Yes Ben?” I replied, looking down at the blond bundle of thought. Ben hesitated then found the right words. “How does electricity move without wires?” His mother … Continue reading

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Engineering Innovation – The art of seeing new patterns and combinations


When I see ideas like this (aircraft transforms from one to three planes), it makes me thrilled to be an engineer. New ways of thinking, new combinations to accomplish missions, new challenges to be solved. To make this work, I can … Continue reading

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Day 3 – 2014 FIRST Robotics Competition FRC in Salt Lake City


FIRST Robotics, Day 3 was loads of fun. 44 Robot teams, match after match, and then the finals. My team ranked 22 out of 44 but they were determined and all smiles; they had a great time improving the robot … Continue reading

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