Outreach

3D printing for therapists

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Triple Helix presented at the Virginia Occupational Therapy Association’s 2018 School System Symposium.  The focus of our presentation was how therapy professionals can use skills and tools of “makers,” including 3d printing, to make customized products for interventions with their patients.  Our partner in this presentation was Maryland FTC team Green Machine Reloaded; this team presented on their work with the Go Baby Go program.

Abstract: “Makers” use the engineering problem solving process, and their hands, to bring their ideas to life. The competitive high school FIRST robotics teams Triple Helix Robotics and Green Machine Reloaded share the makerspace techniques to rapidly design and create assistive devices. The two teams will demonstrate the tools and technical skills used to 3D print small plastic objects as well as how to modify ride-on toy cars to create low-cost adapted mobility equipment.

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Mechanical

Triple Helix linear actuator FRC Workshop talk

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Triple Helix mentor Todd Ferrante presents on the team’s linear actuator designs at the 2016 FIRST Chesapeake FRC Workshops at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.  In the talk, Todd describes the linear actuator design that was used in both our 2015 robot, to raise and lower the cans, and in our 2016 robot, in the climber mechanism.  The accompanying video shows examples of this device in action.

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Triple Helix west coast drivetrains FRC Summit talk

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Triple Helix mentor Todd Ferrante presents on the team’s west coast drivetrain designs at the 2014 FRC Summit at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. In the talk, Todd describes our efforts to develop a west coast drivetrain, using commercial off the shelf components, for fast building during build season. Our drivetrains have evolved through several generations. Todd describes some of the features of the various versions and talks about lessons learned during the development process.

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