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Applied Engineering &Technology Management

Garfield: The 3D Printed, Fully Articulated Cat

By Konrad bernardino

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Konrad Bernardino is a Senior at Millersville University where he is majoring in Automation and Intelligent Robotics Engineering Technology.  During high school, Konrad took several technology courses which involved hands-on projects, using C.A.D.D. software and 3-printing; and he was a member of the Southern Lehigh High School Spartechs Robotics Team, which competed in the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics World Championships in 2017 and 2019.   These unique experiences solidified his love of robotics and the desire to pursue it further as a college major.  After graduation from Millersville, which may take another year due to the hardships created by the COVID 19 epidemic, he would like to find a job in the robotics field as close to home as possible.  In the Lehigh Valley from where he hails, the Amazon Corporation is currently utilizing “Sparrow”, a robotic system that can detect, select, and handle individual products and inventory using AI and computer vision.  Konrad hopes that this transition to the efficiency of warehouse robots will expand to the other 30+ warehouse distribution centers located in the Lehigh Valley.   This team project for Professor English’s Computer-Aided Engineering Drawing (ITEC 342) class asked students to create a 3-D model with articulated joints.  Konrad suggested Garfield the cat, not simply because he has two loveable Siberian cats at home; but because Garfield is a universally recognized cartoon icon.  He hopes that future students will be motivated to create Garfield’s sidekick, Odie the dog, to pose next to Garfield in the display case at Osburn Hall.

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