Student Research Conference Presentations

On Thursday April 27 students from Interactive Design and Prototyping and the FabLab presented at the UVM Student Research Conference.

We’re celebrating Arduino Day early this year!




Join us on Thursday, March 30 2017!

Arduino Day Open House and Demos:

  1. Stop by the UVM FabLab for Arduino demos. 122A Votey, noon – 5pm
  2. Stop by the class Interactive Design and Prototyping to see the impressive array of Arduino projects by UVM students! Hills 20, 7pm – 8pm




Making Valentines with Bellows Free Academy

Hello to Mrs. Brown’s class!


Here are the three designs to choose from and create your custom laser cut Valentine:

#1 3D Heart: This 3D heart is constructed from two individual heart cutouts.
#2 Fox and Bunny: This fox and bunny design is engraved using a raster setting on the laser cutter and engraver in the FabLab. It’s like a combination of carving and burning into the wood.
#1 Vector Heart
#3 Vector Heart: The lace-like cut out parts of this heard use the vector setting on the laser cutter engraver.

3D Printed Prosthetic Hands

By: Jenna Findlay

Prosthetic hands have been 3D printed, regardless of age, to aid in everyday lifestyles of those who need it. While they won’t have quite as much function as a living arm, The Unlimbited Arm is both lightweight and functional to help with day to day activities for people missing a portion of their arm such as holding a glass of water to riding a bike. To print the hand we print each piece separately using the Fab Lab’s very own Makerbots and assemble the arm using fishing line as the tendons and padding for comfort with Velcro to complete the attachment. When printing hands, one would begin by taking the measurements of their arm that will be fitted with the 3D printed replacement in order to accurately fit the arm onto themselves and adjust comfortably.

For this particular arm, I printed the suggested sizing values on one of our Makerbot printer using PLA with the color of my choice. In order to attach the tricep jig onto the tricep cuff, we boil the cuff and lay it on top of the tricep jig in order to fit it on as accurately as possible.


Team Unlimbited has been developing and improving these arms for countless people in order to help give them function back for a low-cost but “handy” device. Seeing children receive these arms is incredible because they are given back something that most people take for granted, the simple function of a second arm.


3-D Printed Casts: Bringing Innovation to Outdated Fields

By: Cam Ruffle-Deignan

Everyday thousands of people around the world sustain injuries that require a cast or brace to stabilize their fracture/ sprain and promote healing. Traditionally these casts were made of fiberglass, which is fairly light weight, but can be very abrasive and called for a set of thick padding to protect the skin. Additionally Fiberglass casts are particularly troublesome when it comes to getting wet because any moisture trapped inside the padding can create chaffing for patients which can develop into bacterial infections.  Recently through breakthroughs in 3-D printing applications groups of people have been coming together and creating designs for lightweight and cheap casts made from printed PLA material.

Additive manufacturing by 3D printing and the medical field seem to be two highly compatible areas that could benefit each other. Sprains and fractures are injuries that are treated differently from person to person and incident to incident and CAD programs that allow for the scaling of printed parts can be implemented to tailor a brace to any individual.

Here at UVM we printed a simple cast from one of our MakerBot printers that was worn by an employee with a sprained wrist. This cast was designed to be printed as a two dimensional net, that would then be heated using hot water to be contoured to the “patients” arm. This process may sound overly involved but was in fact simple to do and required water that was almost boiling and a container big enough to submerge the 7×7 print. First the part was submerged for a few seconds until it became highly malleable. Then it was quickly taken out and pressed on the wrist with pressure on all sides to lock in the desired shape. In the picture below this particular brace used Velcro straps to be secured onto the wrist. There are other processes being explored that involve using a 3-D scanner to record exact dimensions of a patient’s body so that cast can simply be snapped into place over their limb. The later process is desired if the area of injury is highly sensitive and cannot take any loads applied to it.

This is a small example of how new advances in additive manufacturing can help solve everyday problems experienced by people of all different walks of life. 3D printing has been a technology in progress for the past thirty years and plaster casts have been used for far longer than that


BTV Innovation Week Kickoff


Stories of Innovation from UVM Entrepreneurs
October 17, 2016
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Davis Center, Livak Ballroom

UVM is proudly kicking off Burlington’s first Innovation Week (October 17–20), an event showcasing the vibrant greater Burlington ecosystem of innovation, design, and technology. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Entrepreneurial Forum. and BTV Ignite.

9:30-9:55  Coffee and Poster Session
10:00   Welcome and remarks from VP/Research Richard Galbraith and President Tom Sullivan
10:10   Lightning Talks:

  • Beacon VT:  Peter Silverman
  • Packetized Energy: Jeff Frolik
  • Game Theory : Lizzy Pope
  • EASY LLC:  Mike Coleman
  • SAP! : Chas Smith
  • Mamava: Sascha Mayer

10:40   Lightning Talk Q & A session
11:00    Keynote remarks from Briar Alpert, CEO of BioTek, UVM alumni and trustee
11:15     Wrap up and poster session
11:45     UVM- Google Announcement and press conference
12:00    Event concludes


  • trUStr “Smart” Rewards for Healthy Change | Larner College of Medicine
  • BeaconVT | Grossman School of Business
  • Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) Program | Grossman School of Business
  • Packetized Energy-Smoothing the transition to a renewable future | College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
  • THINKMD-MEDSINC | Larner College of Medicine
  • VasaPlex | Larner College of Medicine
  • EDGE Backpack: Equipping Law Enforcement for Mass Casualty Scenarios |College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
  • Cartozia Tales | College of Arts and Sciences
  • Systematic Expert Risk Assessment of Suicide (SERAS)| Grossman School of Business
  • Venture Capital Fund | Grossman School of Business
  • goCrop™ online farm nutrient management planning tool | UVM Extension
  • An Adhesive Alginate-Based Patch System for Lung Tissue Repair | Larner College of Engineering
  • Underground Infrastructure Mapping, Modeling and Sensing | College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences
  • Transportable Device for Producing Surgical Saline | Larner College of Medicine
  • SPARK-VT & I-TREP | Office for the Vice President of Research, SPARK-VT & UVM I-TREP


Composer Tod Machover at UVM

machover_webAll events take place
in the UVM Recital Hall.
Free and open to the public.

“Petting Zoo”
Thursday, October 13
4:00 – 5:30 PM
Hyperinstruments up close: explore the instruments and set-up with
Machover and his assistants.

“Robotic Operas, City Symphonies, and Beyond”
Friday, October 14
Talk at 2:30 PM | Concert at 7:30 PM
Tod Machover is co-founder of the MIT Media Lab, where he is the Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Music and Media and directs the Opera of the Future Group. He was named 2016 Composer of the Year by Musical America and is a recent finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His Hyperinstruments have been played by virtuosi from Yo-Yo Ma to Prince.

TALK: Machover will outline the guiding principles behind his work at the MIT Media Lab over a 30-year span, creating music and developing
technology to stretch composition, performance, listening, and participation.
He will also discuss directions for future work and potential new synergies
between music and neuroscience with both therapeutic and artistic

CONCERT: Machover will be joined by Mary Bonhag (soprano), Evan Premo
(bass), David Feurzeig (piano), and a team of MIT sound technicians for an
exciting concert of recent and older work. Machover himself will perform on
the Hypercello, an instrument designed for Yo-Yo Ma that extends the cello’s
expressive range with live electronics triggered by sensors on the performer’s
hand and bow.

These events are made possible by UVM’s Dan and Carole Burack President’s Distinguished
Lecturer Series, the UVM Humanities Center, and the Departments of Music and Dance,
Theatre, and Computer Science.