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The purpose of this project is to develop an automated larynx model for patient education. We developed a movable plastic and gypsum-based Plaster of Paris framework controlled by motors and cables, and added silicone muscles to mimic laryngeal anatomy. Our tests indicate that this model improves comprehension of the larynx anatomy and function by 36%. In the future, we hope to further develop this model by both improving its realism and increasing its movement capabilities.
We are currently working on our final report.
|Week||Reporting Period Beginning||Activities|
|1||January 25||Chose team and project, assigned team roles, contacted to set up meeting.|
|2||February 1||Met with client, researched background and design options.|
|3||February 8||Met with client about specifications, met with field specialists, began PDS, continued research.|
|4||February 15||Brainstormed designs and discussed PDS; researched muscles and cartilage specification to aid in design, met with client to narrow the scope of this semesters project.|
|5||February 22||Continued research on each of the preliminary designs, analyzed designs and contructed design matrix.|
|6||February 29||Developed mid-semester presentation, ordered cartilage model for sacrificial mold.|
|7||March 7||Created mid-semester report, updated PDS, continued expansion of final design details.|
|8||March 14||Developed details of design, ordererd cartilage structural model|
|9||March 21||Determined muscle materials, met with Greg Gion and Adam K. for guidance on prototype fabrication. Continued research on motors and circuitry|
|10||March 28||Selected preliminary motor for testing, experimented with cartilage cast material|
|11||April 4||Developed method for attaching cables and mold/cast production, started preliminary circuitry work|
|12||April 11||Created silicone molds for cartilage and plaster cast for mucles, began casting model, researched timers and circuitry, finalized muscle attachment|
|13||April 18||Casted model, created muscles, build circuits and timers, created framework and attached individual parts to model|
|14||April 25||Completed and tested prototype, developed final presentation|
|15||May 2||Completed design report and PDS|
|Midsemester Presentation (Mar 7 2008, 2911 kb)|
|Midsemester Presentation PDF (Mar 12 2008, 550 kb)|
|Midsemester Report (Mar 12 2008, 578 kb)|
|Product Design Specifications (Mar 12 2008, 22 kb)|
|Photographs of Final Prototype (May 11 2008, 58 kb)|
|Final Presentation Poster (May 12 2008, 186 kb)|
|Final Report (May 12 2008, 1147 kb)|
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