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Engineering Students Win 3D Printing Competition
Four UNC Charlotte Lee College of Engineering students recently won a 3D printing design competition sponsored by the U.S. Army Research Office.
Forty-niners James Haig and Nathan Lambert (master’s students in mechanical engineering), Patrick Fain (bachelor’s student in mechanical engineering technology) and Eric Fleischhauer (doctoral student in mechanical engineering) were part of the team that won the competition to develop ideas and concepts for items that would be useful in a military operational environment and for which 3D printing would offer an advantage.
"Our team chose to try and tackle the problem of resupplying troops in contact with the enemy," said Haig. "Currently this requires a helicopter to come in low and very slow in order to drop a bag filled with ammunition or other needed supplies. We designed a rapid prototype container that would in theory, be able to be dropped by a helicopter at 150 feet going around 90 knots, decreasing the danger to them. We demonstrated a prototype printed on the Projet (3D) printer by dropping it on the ground from a height with a precious payload of corn puffs; it broke apart, protecting the contents. We won first place."
Study Shows Impact of Homeless Housing Program
A nationally recognized program to house Charlotte’s chronically homeless continues to help people and save money as it enters its fourth year, according to a UNC Charlotte report.
The 85-unit apartment complex at Moore Place provides housing for individuals who have extensive histories of homelessness and at least one disabling condition.
The new study led by Lori Thomas, professor of social work in the College of Health and Human Services, found that Moore Place effectively ends homelessness for the vast majority of its tenants; 81 percent of those who participated in the study remained in permanent housing after two years. Tenants were homeless an average of seven years prior to finding housing at Moore Place. Click here for more information about the study.