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Los Alamos National Laboratory works closely with the Department of Energy to design and maintain our nation's nuclear arsenal. As part of their research and development efforts, Los Alamos 3D prints objects which they use to model projects in production. The infor-mation and specifications used to...
The Boeing Company’s Composite Manufacturing Center in Frederickson Washing-ton plans has recently renovated their facility layout. Their current method to perform repairs includes using localized heat blankets or heat lamps, which limits the number of repairs they can do. We were tasked to design...
Zodiac Aerospace is a specialist in the production and development of cabin interiors for commercial, regional, and business aircraft. Zodiac manufactures interior aircraft products known as monuments. The monuments are secured to a track in the floor as part of their installation. The current...
In today’s world, fuel is a resource that truly drives the economy. In many industries the fuel cost deter-mines the price of products more than the manufacturing costs. Intermodal containers carry large amounts of transported goods across oceans, highways, and by rail. In 2010, Union Pacific asked...
O.C. Tanner is an award and recognition me-dallion manufacturer. Most notably, they pro-duced the medals when the Olympic Games were held in Salt Lake City in 2002. In one of their processes called coining, O.C. Tanner uses hard, metal dies to form soft metals, such as gold, into medallions....
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) sponsored a team of students to develop a light-weight, efficient auxiliary power unit (APU) based on commercial off-the-shelf components. This task is designed to explore how to improve APU efficiency while minimizing system weight. It could also provide a...
Osseus Fusion is an orthopedic development company that sponsored a team of BYU manufacturing and mechanical engineering students to develop a minimally invasive spinal fusion implant. Orthopedic surgeons currently have limited options that address the challenge of implementing minimally invasive...
Blendtec is one of the leading producers of high end blenders. While their blenders are designed primarily for wet blends, consumers have realized that they can mill grains in the blenders. However, there are some drawbacks. The flour produced doesn’t have a consistent coarseness, and tends to be...
The Air Force Research Lab sponsored a team of students to design and build a descent sys-tem for soldiers to exit airborne aircraft that will either improve upon or replace the functional purpose of fast roping. Fast roping is the current method used by the United States military to achieve quick...
GE Healthcare sponsored a team of students to redesign and build the rear steering system for a mobile X-ray machine. The 9900 mobile X-ray system uses a pivoting rear wheel mechanism to maneuver a machine weighing 700 lbs. around the hospital. The purpose of this device is to make X-ray machines...

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