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2016 Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition Winners

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Sponsored by the Direct Digital Manufacturing Tech Group, which is part of SME's Additive Manufacturing Community

2016 Winner

 

UMass Lowell Logo   Team Members
  • Tito Arana
  • Jordan Castillo
  • Michael Gager
  • Dan Stella
  • Joanel Vasquez
 
  Academic Advisor
  • Stephen Johnston, PhD
 

Winning Design: Inspector Drone

Bridges are currently inspected by positioning a large crane on top of the bridge deck. A team of engineers then use the crane’s cherry picker to drop over the side to visually assess the condition of the bridge.

2016 Design for Direct Digital Manufacturing Competition Winners 
 Carl Dekker (left), chair, Direct Digital Manufacturing Tech Group, with UMass Lowell team members Tito Arana and Jordan Castillo.

With the Inspector Drone’s custom-made landing gear and rotor shields 3D printed to extend the deployment time of the UAV, bridges could be inspected remotely. This allows for a safe inspection of bridges without the need to shut down traffic or hire cranes, operators and traffic details. The savings realized by this modification can be used to increase the dollars spent on actual bridge repairs and replacements, creating an overall safer and more stable infrastructure.

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 Inspector Drone

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