When I was a kid, I remember getting really excited about building forts. Summer or winter, cardboard or snow, it didn’t matter. I was all about it and couldn’t stop thinking about the next time I got to create that space with my friends.
I was reminded of this when I received an e-mail a few weeks ago from Tony DeRose, a senior scientist and lead of the Research Group at Pixar Animation Studios. He is mentoring a group of high school students from the Bay School of San Francisco. They are building a pneumatically-powered exoskeleton that a user can wear to allow them to lift 400 pounds with little or no effort. They plan to debut the exoskeleton at Bay Area Maker Faire in May 2015.
This group of students is really excited and dedicated to their project. What they needed was a little help to complete it. I contacted NFPA members that manufacture pneumatic components and asked for some help from them in the form of donated components.
What I received was a tremendous response from NFPA members. Enfield Technologies, Clippard, Camozzi Pneumatics, Master Pneumatic-Detroit, Inc., and Firestone Industrial Products Co. were all willing to help. Thanks to these members, this group of students is on track to debut their exoskeleton at Maker Faire.
Tony told me that they hope this project inspires other young students to consider careers in engineering. This is the latest in a series of projects that they have undertaken, including a pneumatically actuated fire-breathing dragon and a full-motion flight simulator based on the TV series Battlestar Galactica. A summary of their past projects can be found here.
I think we all have something that gets us really excited. Thanks go out to the NFPA members for helping this group of students keep this excitement going.
To help support this project financially, please contact Lynn Beyer at email@example.com or (414) 778-3364.
2023 NFPA Annual ConferenceFebruary 14-16, 2023Ojai, CARegistration Now Open The 2023 Annual Conference offers a wide-variety of expert speakers that relate to both industry professionals and their spouse/guest. This year we have some exciting new faces like Lifetime Channels’ communication and relatability expert, Rachel DeAlto, who’s media reel can be viewed on her website. However,…
NFPA’s Customer Market File and Trends in Capacity Utilization reports have been combined to create Econ and Market Indicators (EMI). This report contains public data in the forms of shipments, orders, industrial production, capacity utilization, and producer price indexes for a variety of popular fluid power customer markets. The EMI can be downloaded as an…
NFPA’s Power Partner Program showcases universities that provide a high level of fluid power education as well as those who participate in each of our Fluid Power Programs. Our Power Partner universities prepare their students to graduate with the necessary skills and experience ready to join the fluid power industry. To officially welcome Murray State…