Mark Plecnik, PhD

Discovery and Invention through Computational Mechanical Design

Shape Changing Parabolic Reflector

Here is a bit from my undergraduate honors thesis work at the University of Dayton. The objective was to design a mechanically adaptable light reflector that moves five panels through five parabolic design profiles. The video below also shows designs for a shape-changing seat, cam, and face.

M. Plecnik, Design of a Shape-Changing Rigid-Body Parabolic Light Reflector, Honors Thesis, University of Dayton, 2010. (pdf)

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Dr. Mark Plecnik
Assistant Professor
Dept of Aero & Mechanical Engineering
University of Notre Dame
372 Fitzpatrick Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
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