2012 Indigo Team

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The Mechanical Engineering Technology class of 2012 will be designing, fabricating and testing a concept Kinetic Sculpture. The Indigo Team is working with University of Maine Professor Karen J. Horton and will be building a Rolling Ball Sculpture for The Machine Tool Lab at the University of Maine. The sculpture will be used as an exhibit to attract new members, specifically females, to Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Project: A portable Rolling Ball Sculpture for the University of Maine Machine Tool Lab. Click here to see photos of the space.

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Team Indigo’s Project Plan

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Our Customer

Karen J. Horton

32+ years of Mechanical Engineering experience and Counselor/Advisor of The Society of Women Society of Engineers.



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Tyler Helsor

(Safety Engineer)

Is a 4th year Mechanical Engineering Technology student at the University of Maine in Orono working as a Junior Pulp Maintenance Engineer at Lincoln Paper and Tissue in Lincoln, Maine. Tyler has over 10 years Mechanical Background Experience. He enjoys Outdoor recreation and spending time with close friends.

Andy Hall

(Legal Engineer)

Andy is 4th year Senior Mechanical Engineering Technology major from Pownal, Maine. This past summer, Andy was a Manufacturing Engineering Intern at ZF Transmissions in Greenville, South Carolina. While there, he was a member of a team responsible for designing, planning, and constructing a nearly one-million square-foot manufacturing and assembly facility for 8 and 9 speed automatic transmissions for passengers cars. In 2010, Andy worked as an Intern at Milton Caterpillar in Brewer, Maine. Some of his hobbies include motorsports, hunting, and fishing.

Eddie Stover

(Production Engineer)

 Eddie Stover grew up in Belfast Maine and graduated in 2001. After working in heavy equipment and automotive repair he decided to return to school to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology with a minor in Electrical Engineering Technology. Eddie enjoys snowmobiling, fishing and football. Motorcycles have become a passion for him, including riding and building custom bikes. Some of his strengths include bringing the design process into a real world scenario, his past experience from other jobs and his ability to function as a team member. Eddie currently works as an Airframe and Power plant technician for C&L Aviation Services in Bangor.

Eric Fifield

(Lead/Controls Engineer)

Eric Fifield worked at TCORP in the summer of 2011. TCORP is an energy management company that performs ASHRAE Type II Energy Audit’s and consulting for the Vermont Army National Guard. Eric has an in-depth understanding of how to perform energy audits on buildings. The audits involve an analysis of a buildings HVAC equipment, insulation, lighting, heating, and windows condition using thermography cameras and blower door testing equipment.  Eric’s hobbies include mountain biking, hunting, fishing, camping and farming.

Matthew Chamberlain

(Media and Communications Engineer)

Matt grew up in Hermon, Maine and graduated high school in 2008. Matt started college in the fall of 2008 majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He is currently a 4th year senior in that same program and plans to graduate in May 2012. Throughout Matt’s college career he has worked at LensCrafters in their lens manufacturing lab. Some of his hobbies include snowmobiling, hunting, working on cars, and driving cars.



We looked at six other designs and compared them to one and other. Click the link above to see what we did.

Product Specifications

Initial product specifications laid out by our client Professor Karen J. Horton.



 Group Brainstorming Notes

Lift Ideas

Track Section Ideas

Full Sketch

Parts Needed for Magnetic Drive


 Project Mock-Up Sketch

Linked are draft files of prototype components for the sculpture.

Standard Parts Table

Clicking above will take you to a page that has a list of parts that our design will use.

3D Design with SolidEdge

Click here to see the stability analysis we performed on our assembly!

Bill of Material