2015 Teams

Prowler     The Bees Knees     Team Basilisk     The Caulkers     R.A.B.E.K. Teaching Systems
Pack in Motion     Adaptive Swimming Device Development     Master Millers     UNR Composites
OSOCool     Crank-n-Chill     Pack Pitch     Nevada Dynamics     Safe-T-Lift
Gasbusters     Nevada Formula One     BC3D Engineering     Sturgeon     Victory Lap
Wolfpack Recycling     ElectraTherm Safety Valve


Prowler: Current Prowler/sled type workout equipment requires weights and can take up quite a bit of space. Team Prowler aims to provide gyms and sports programs with a prowler design that eliminates the need for weights and requires less space to properly store. The design will incorporate a resistive mechanism into the frame of the sled, removing the need for weights. A range of different “weight” options to increase/decrease the resistance during the workout will accompany the resistive mechanism. The frame will also be able to collapse in on itself to make the sled easier to store.


The Bees Knees: The ACL-erator is a device that will be used by athletes who have torn their ACL. Once these athletes have recovered enough to begin lifting heavy weights again, the ACL-erator will help them visualize how much weight they are holding in each of their legs, specifically during squats, deadlifts, or power cleans. These exercises involve lifting heavy amounts of weight using mainly the legs, which in turn affects the knees. Many ACL patients will either re-tear their tendon or even possibly injure their healthy knee by putting more weight on it. This is caused by the athlete “going easy” on their injured knee. When lifting the heavy weights, they will not evenly distribute the weight in order to place less weight on the injured knee. Having a user interface to give them instant feedback on their weight distribution will help these athletes avoid further injury by properly allowing them to correct the amount of weight that they hold on each leg.

Team Basilisk: Team Basilisk was commissioned by Dr. Feldman, who works for the Biology Department at the University of Nevada, Reno, to design and build a method of studying the movement of lizards and snakes. The specimen’s movement is the key indicator of response to the Tetrodotoxin (TTX) exposure, offering quantitative measurement among induced fatigue, stressed, and normal conditions. In order to determine this correlation, speed and overall performance must be observed in the field in addition to the laboratory environment. The greatest challenge in acquiring meaningful data is field testing. Research is currently limited to laboratory tests without modern, transportable, durable tools. Team Basilisk did not create a new tracking system – The Reptile Racetrack design was created as an improvement upon the existing system with transportable, durable, adjustable width and height, and chemical resistant features to best enhance Dr. Feldman’s research and overall experience.


14_80_ TheCaulkers.jpeg The Caulkers: Airplanes contain many rivets that bond its layer of metal plates together. In order for the airplane to maintain its pressurized system at high altitudes, a sealant is necessary. The caulking gun that is being produced by Bergdahl is causing air to permeate past the plunger and into the sealant when dispensed at a slow rate. The objective of this team is to develop a plastic insert between the pneumatic device of the gun and plunger that will eliminate the air bubbles. This product must be low cost and simple in design. The challenge will come from ensuring the product functions well under both slow and fast dispensing rates for the customer. The product must have the specializations of being able to withstand a pressure of 100 psi, have an initial length of one inch, and must extend to 6” and 12” without putting any pressure on the sides of the gun.


14_80_ rabek.jpeg R.A.B.E.K. Teaching Systems: The goal of R.A.B.E.K. Teaching Systems is to create a teaching device for disabled students. The Picollo Teaching Device will help students improve hand-eye coordination, cause and effect, and motor skills. A radio controlled car has been redesigned along with the controller. The Picollo Teaching Device will be easy to use and uses visual aid to help control the device. The controller has two modes one being a challenge (similar to Simon Says) and free mode. The Picollo Teaching Device will help students develop important skills while having fun using their teaching device.


15_6_teamphotospalshPack In Motion
Pack in Motion has designed an adapter for an all-terrain chariot that meet the needs of Bryan, a child with severe cerebral palsy that causes him to have involuntary physical movement and an inability to communicate. The chariot consists of an adapter that is attached to an all-terrain BOB stroller that will allow the family to snap Bryan’s current custom car seat with ease. The chariot is designed to go off-road, adjust to Bryan’s growth, and fit in the back of an SUV. To increase maneuverability, the chariot is equipped with off-road tires, suspension, and collapsibility. The car seat attaches to the platform connected to the frame utilizing the LATCH system installed in the car seat. The chariot provides Bryan with the fast paced life his family lives, such as running on trails, camping, and going to the beach while being safe and secured.


14_80_ asdd.jpeg Adaptive Swimming Device Development: Young adults or children with either intellectual or physical atypical development sometimes are notable to enjoy the benefits of swimming. This adapted swimming device has been designed specifically for people with disabilities that would make it hard or impossible for them to swim otherwise. Using it will make it possible to bring the young adult or child closer to the water and potentially reduce the fear of swimming by increasing their confidence in the water. The benefits of being able to swim are huge, both as an excellent form of no-impact exercise and a confidence builder for both in and out of the water. With this floating apparatus, they will be able to be introduced to swimming in a safer, more controlled environment until they have the skills and confidence to swim without the aid of a device.


14_80_ millers.jpeg Master Millers: Welcome to the Master Millers homepage! The Master Millers are dedicated to creating a safe and user-friendly computer numerical control, or CNC, router for the Palmer Engineering Lab 2. Palmer Engineering Lab 2 is currently a surplus laboratory that houses machines and equipment not in use; The Master Millers will bring functionality back to the Palmer Engineering Lab 2! The renovated CNC router will be a workstation where design and fabrication can be completed in one stage, allowing students and faculty to rapidly prototype and modify objects. In addition to aiding with prototyping objects, the CNC router will be a great tool to aid with student and teacher projects. This CNC router will further educational opportunities and transform Palmer Engineering Lab 2 into a self-sufficient lab.


14_80_ composites.jpeg Nevada Composites: With the increasing use of composite materials in industry there is an increasing demand for high quality composite parts. Many composite materials need to be cured in a high temperature oven in order for the desired property’s to be obtained. The Nevada composite design team will be working to create a high quality curing oven that is affordable for university, corporate, and individual use. This oven will be capable of reaching the high temperatures required for many composite resins, while also providing easy to set warm up, and cool down settings.

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OSOMoldular and OSOStellar:  Injection molding is a common manufacturing process in Industry, yet it is not well understood by most engineering students, including those at the University of Nevada.  OSOCool (ō-sō-KṺL) aims to design and fabricate an injection mold that will be used in engineering classes to teach students this manufacturing method and its respective design considerations. The mold, OSOMoldular, will produce a part that will be both interesting and educational. The final parts will join together to create the star puzzle, OSOStellar, as shown to the left. The part was designed so that variations of the injection molding machine functions, such as pressure, temperature, and material type, will result in visible and measurable differences of the final part, thereby teaching students the many facets of the injection molding process.

Crank-n-Chill: During our experiences in the field of drinking chilled beverages, we found it especially troubling when drinks weren’t cooled to the proper temperature. We found experiences of this nature to leave an awful taste in our mouths that didn’t do justice to the products sampled. So me and my colleagues took a stab at one of the most common social faux paz. The Crank-n-Chill is our solution.

Pack Pitch: Pack Pitch’s goal is to design and construct a cost effective batting aid, which simulates different styles of professional baseball pitches, known as the Curveballinator. This design incorporates a portable device capable of simulating various pitch types that are necessary to better develop and train the amateur athlete as well as the professional athlete. A large need exists for a device capable of simulating multiple pitch types due to the significant difference in batting average amongst professional players on breaking balls versus fastballs. According to Batting Average by Count and Pitch Type, the average player bats nearly .300 on fastballs and .220 on breaking balls. Current devices are both expensive and take up a large amount of space. Pack Pitch wants the Curveballinator to be a highly portable device with a small operational footprint. The simplicity of this batting aid allows all age groups to continually develop their batting skills.


14_80_ delivery.jpeg Nevada Dynamics: Nevada Dynamics aims to help grow the UAV industry by extending flight range capability for a variety of UAVs on the market. The team is comprised of five senior mechanical engineering students and a computer science group that acts as the programing counterpart. The team members all have interests in UAVs and the industry arising from the problems that the systems are now able to solve. One such solution is using UAVs to deliver packages. The biggest limitation of these systems is the power intensive nature and the restrictions on battery size and weight. Because of these limitations, the use of delivery UAVs is currently restricted to a centralized local area. To help eliminate the greatest weakness of the UAVs, the team has proposed creating a charging station that will be easily adaptable for any UAV thus greatly increasing flight range.


14_80_ lift.jpeg Safe-T-Lift: The Safe–T-Lift is a hydraulic lift that raises a racecar off of the ground to allow a race team to make changes on the car that are needed to increase the overall performance and handling. This eliminates the need for floor jacks and unstable stands that would normally be utilized. The lift incorporates multiple safety features and integrates user friendly functions, all at a minimal cost. These features are lacking on current competing lifts on the market today. Safety features include: Dog lock safety devices, non-slip pads, side tabs, and a battery disconnect. Most of these features are dual redundant, meaning that if one fails there is another one to back it up. Multiple handles and wheels increase mobility. The Safe-T-Lift comes professionally painted, reducing corrosion and keeping it looking great for years to come.


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Team Gasbusters will be constructing an entire supermileage vehicle from the ground up. The vehicle will be a single person, gas operated vehicle capable of achieving over 800 miles per gallon while being able to maneuver corners, accelerate, and brake within specified standards. These standards are all found on the Society of Automotive Engineer’s webpage. In addition to building the supermileage vehicle, a written and verbal design report must also be produced in order to enter into SAE’s Supermileage Competition. The team is exploring the use of carbon fiber molding, electronic fuel injection, high engine compression, and low friction drivetrains in order to produce the most efficient vehicle. The end goal of the project is to construct a fully functioning vehicle that is capable of reaching 800 miles per gallon.


Nevada Formula
: The Nevada Formula team created an aerodynamic body for the University of Nevada, Formula SAE Club. Having an aerodynamic profile for the Formula SAE car is imperative in terms of racing performance. Crafted out of high performance fiber glass, the body is lightweight yet able to protect the driver in the event of a crash. The shape of the body will be governed by the lowest amount of drag.  The body was constructed using acrylic sheets to inlay the male mold panels. Next, the molds was be coated with fiberglass and resin, then a gel coat was applied for a clean and smooth finish. The combined weight of the panels added up to less than 10 lbs. Each panel is removable and takes less than a minute to replace. A rigid construction ensured that the panels will not vibrate during racing, but flexible enough that they do not shatter. The goal with this construction tactic and material selection is to minimize material cost and usage while also maximizing user performance and safety.


14_80_ motion.jpeg BC3D Engineering: The goal of this design project is to create a purely mechanical trap shooter that randomizes the trajectory of clay pigeons when launched. This will more adequately simulate a real life hunting experience. A wide range of horizontal angles will be utilized to simulate different flight directions, and various vertical angles will add that much more to a hunter’s shooting practice. In addition to being a great practice aid, the trap shooter will serve as a fun component to recreational shooting as well. Whether users are shooting for practice or fun, this trap shooter will bring more to the table than just increased functionality. Current trap shooters on the market today are most commonly powered by a battery. By creating a purely mechanical shooter, it will eliminate the need for an electric power source. This will prove to be more simple and convenient for users of the machine. It will allow consumers to go trap shooting in any location without the worry or hassle of a large battery.


14_80_walker.jpeg Sturgeon: The goal of team Sturgeon’s Design Project was to create a walker that can better prevent the customer from falling and provide additional stationary support when needed. Our main objective is to create a device that is as mobile and lightweight as are current walkers, but can provide additional support and stability beyond current walkers during losses of balance and when a stationary object, such as a grab bar, is needed. The competition for our device is only the current walkers. There is a tremendous need for a device that can reduce the number of falls that our elderly and disabled are experiencing today. According to the CDC, upwards of 30 billion dollars directly go towards medical expenses for those elderly and disabled experiencing falls. Along with our patent, we hope to compete and win the Sontag competition this year for our idea.

15_19_Splash_photoVictory Lap: Team Victory Lap chose to address the need of implementing an efficient, user-friendly, and accurate operating system for the subsonic wind tunnel at the University of Nevada, Reno. Faculty members, undergraduate and graduate students, will be able to utilize these upgrades in order to conduct wind tunnel experiments in much greater depth. The first issue addressed was how the wind is supplied by a traditional centrifugal blower without the use of a honeycomb structure. This structure straightens out the supplied airflow to provide more accurate and consistent testing conditions. Furthermore, the system was not equipped with a computer data acquisition program, making data collection a long, tedious, and manual process. The team tackled this challenge by developing a continuous data acquisition system, integrated with the existing electrical instrumentation, to measure and record all of the signal forces simultaneously. The last component of the project was to integrate an airflow visualization system, useful when demonstrating experiments for a group, or, supplementing numerically recorded aerodynamic data with corresponding visual representations of airflow. Team Victory Laps additions to the wind tunnel will provide a lasting and valuable upgrade packed with key resources for engineers developing a greater understanding of aerodynamic properties associated with fluid mechanics.


14_80_ recycle.jpeg Wolfpack Recycling: The team was created from the need to efficiently recycle 1500 pounds of cardboard per day. In the ever expanding industries of processing and manufacturing, waste disposal has become a pertinent issue in maintaining a strong business strategy. A local packaging company, Worldpak LLC, chose the team in order to turn their cardboard waste stream into a profit generating center. Wolfpak Recycling successfully designed and built a baler adapter in order to repurpose Worldpak’s cardboard waste into functional and high quality archery targets. The targets offer the potential for high profitability as an excellent solution for implementation at the Worldpak manufacturing facility.

ElectraTherm Safety Valve: In the current market of industrial actuators buyers are limited to pneumatic and hydraulic style actuation, compressed air powered and fluid powered, respectively. The goal of team E.T.S.V was to create an electric actuator to give buyers another option when looking for industrial actuators. Team E.T.S.V created an actuator that runs on electric power while still meeting or exceeding strict industrial specifications such as: high temperature, high pressure, under one second actuation time, etc. By creating an electric actuator to directly compete with the current market it allows pneumatic or hydraulic systems on current applications to be reduced or completely removed. Other benefits to an electric approach are reduced maintenance and increased reliability. This will broaden the current market and provide buyers with much greater flexibility in their system design and control. The team’s successful design simplifies systems, reduces required maintenance, and increases the reliability of the system.