Students design 3-D printed feet for chicken

Students design 3-D printed feet for chicken


BRIAN:..AT FIRST GLANCE SHE LOOKS LIKE YOUR EVERY DAY CHICKEN.BUT A CLOSER LOOK REVEALS SHE’S MISSING HER FEET — AND THAT CREATED A LEARNING OPPORTUNITY FOR SOME LOCAL STUDENTS. 3 3 SUE:..24 HOUR NEWS 8’S EMILY LINNERT WENT INSIDE THE WEST MICHIGAN AVIATION ACADEMY TO SEE THE UNIQUE WAY STUDENTS ARE LEARNING ABOUT ENGINEERING. 3 EMILY:..THE CHICKEN’S EMILY:.. THE CHICKEN’S NAME IS DEBBIE HARRY — AND AFTER A BITTERLY COLD NIGHT LAST WINTER, SHE LOST HER FEET TO FROSTBITE. DEBBIE SURVIVED THE ORDEAL AND PROVIDED A PROJECT FOR ONE CLASS THEY’LL NEVER FORGET. 3 3 YOU CAN’T KEEP A CHICKEN NAMED AFTER A ROCKER DOWN. ((áááTAKE SOTááá)) (RACHAEL: DEBBIE HARRY. SHE’S NAMED AFTER BLONDIE.”)EVEN AFTER THAT CHICKEN LOSES HER FEET. AFTER FINDING DEBBIE FROZEN TO THE GARAGE FLOOR ONE MORNING LAST WINTER AT THEIR HOME IN WYOMING, OWNER RACHAEL DIEPSTRA REACHED OUT ON FACEBOOK.BECAUSE BELIEVE IT OR NOT, THIS HAS HAPPENED BEFORE. RACHAEL KNEW DEBBIE NEEDED A 3- D PRINTER.THAT’S HOW THE STUDENTS AT THE WEST MICHIGAN AVIATION ACADEMY GOT INVOLVED. (JAMES BROUCKMAN: “YOU CAN’T GO ON A WEBSITE AND GO HEY, LET’S PRINT THIS OFF. (ááNAT BREAKáá)SOT CONTINUES: SOME OF THAT STUFF YOU THINK OF AS A SCHOOL PROJECT OR AN EASY A. YOU CAN’T DO THAT.”) JAMES BROUCKMAN AND HIS CLASSMATE STARTED WITH THE BASICS. (JAMES BROUCKMAN: “WE WENT IN A TOOK A COUPLE PRELIMINARY MEASUREMENTS WITH CALIPERS AND THEN WE WERE LIKE, WE’RE GOING TO 3D PRINT IT WITH THE THINGS WE HAVE HERE AT THE SCHOOL.”)THERE IS A WALL OF 3-D PRINTERS AT THE SCHOOL (PAYTON WARD: “WHAT WE DO IS DESIGN 3-D MODELS ON SOLIDWORKS….EMAIL THEM TO THIS COMPUTER HERE”) ENGINEERING TEACHER ANDREW ABISSI SAYS THE PROCESS OF CREATING A SET OF PROSTHETIC LEGS FOR DEBBIE TAUGHT HIS STUDENTS THE DESIGN PROCESS, BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING–AND A BIG LESSON IN TRIAL AND ERROR. (ANDREW ABISSI/TEACHER: “THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN A SEMESTER LONG AND A LOT OF ERROR GOING INTO IT SO THE FACT THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO CONTINUE TO WORK HARD HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS EXPERIENCE AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITY.”)THE STUDENTS STARTED BIG–REALLY BIG.AND THEN MOVED ON TO A SLED-LIKE DESIGN BEFORE DEVELOPING THESE FEET..THE CURRENT DESIGN IS ONE OF ABOUT 30 THEY TRIED–SO FAR IT’S WORKING THE BEST FOR DEBBIE. (RACHAEL DIEPSTRA/DEBBIE’S OWNER: “I THINK WE’LL USE THEM MOSTLY FOR WINTER WHEN IT’S COLD AND TO HELP HER ROOST AT NIGHT. THEY LIKE TO BE UP OFF THE GROUND AT NIGHT.”)IMPROVEMENTS IN THE DESIGN CONTINUE–BUT IN THE MEANTIME, DON’T WORRY ABOUT DEBBIE.3-D PRINTER FEET OR NOT, DEBBIE CAN STILL CROSS THE ROAD… OR WHEREVER ELSE SHE WANTS TO GO. (RACHAEL DIEPSTRA/OWNER: “REALLY SHE RUNS AROUND THE YARD JUST LIKE THIS. LIKE NO PROBLEM, SHE CAN FULL OUT SPRINT.”) 3 EMILY:..THE REASON RACHAEL KNEW A 3-D PRINTER WOULD BE THE ANSWER IS BECAUSE SHE READ ABOUT OTHER ANIMALS–A DUCK AND A ROOSTER–THAT ALSO RECEIVED PROSTHETIC FEET FROM A 3-D PRINTER. 3

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