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Recent SUNY Canton Alumni Appear in ATV 4-Wheel Action Magazine

Monday, March 12th, 2012

North Country students used a course project to earn national recognition for innovation.

A SUNY Canton group project led to more national recognition for three recent Canino School of Engineering Technology graduates.

Joel R. Landry of Malone, Kyle C. Szelestey of Salisbury Mills, and Brandon M. Trimboli of Norwood (2011 graduates) are featured in the March edition of ATV 4-Wheel Action magazine for their reverse-engineered prototype ATV shock. The magazine is now available on newsstands.

“These three students demonstrated exceptional innovation and enthusiasm with their coursework,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “Our scholars have limitless potential within their class projects, coupled with the wisdom and experience of our faculty. Kyle, Joel and Brandon’s creativity is an inspiration to current and prospective students.”

Greg Hall, the magazine’s technical editor, wrote “How College Kids made their Own ATV Parts” following an interview with all three students. The two-page spread includes photos of the students in the SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology Lab with their prototype shock and computer renderings of their design.

Hall also offers readers a detailed description of the state-of-the art Dimension printer the students used to create each individual piece of their prototype.

Pictured are (l to r) mechanical engineering technology students Joel R. Landry of Malone, Brandon M. Trimboli of Norwood, and Kyle C. Szelestey of Salisbury Mills.

“The team previously displayed their project in the College’s Scholarly Activities Celebration and were top-10 finalists in a national competition sponsored by Dimension Printers,” said Daniel J. Miller, an assistant professor and mechanical engineering technology program director. “The Dimension Printer is ideal for students to prototype their unique designs and avoid costly and time-consuming production. It gives our students a clear advantage when they move from design to production.”

The project took shape in 2010 in a computer-assisted design (CAD) course as part of their mechanical engineering technology program. One of their friends brought a broken Honda 400EX shock to class, and the team saw it as a chance to advance the overall design of the broken part. They took the class project beyond the design phase and printed a three-dimensional scale reproduction in plastic to make a working model of the innovative shock.

All three students benefitted from this project, past the national recognition of their invention. Szelestey and Trimboli are continuing their studies at RIT. Landry started a career making CAD product designs, similar to the ones used to create the prototype shock.

Prior to the ATV 4-Wheel Action article, the team of future engineers and the College’s Dimension Printer were highlighted in The Watertown Daily Times. 

For previous details on the students and their project, read the March 24, 2011 article “SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology Students Create Shock Value

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Manager, or call 315/386-7527.

 

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SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology Students Create Shock Value

Monday, March 28th, 2011

A broken all-terrain vehicle shock helped lead a team of SUNY Canton mechanical engineering technology students to become finalists in a national competition.

Pictured are (l to r) mechanical engineering technology students Joel R. Landry of Malone, Brandon M. Trimboli of Norwood, and Kyle C. Szelestey of Salisbury Mills.

Joel R. Landry of Malone, Kyle C. Szelestey of Salisbury Mills, and Brandon M. Trimboli of Norwood recently found out that their project was among the top 10 considerations in the nation for the Dimension Printing 2011 Extreme Redesign Challenge at the collegiate level.

The project took shape when another student blew out the rear shock on his Honda ATV. Instead of repairing the damaged unit, the three aspiring engineers collaborated in their courses to design a brand new suspension system.

“Our (Advanced Computer Drafting) class assignment was to create a real-world solution using modern materials,” Trimboli explained. “We decided to reverse engineer the shock to improve its performance.”

Using what they had learned in their studies, the students generated renderings and designs of a brand-new shock creating a lower center of gravity on the vehicle and better overall control for the rider. Elements of their design have the potential to become high-end replacement parts within the ATV industry.

“Our design is top-notch,” Szelestey said. “We are curious where this project will take us from here.”

To take their project past the initial design phase, the students began printing out scale reproductions of the individual parts on the College’s Dimension Printer. They then assembled each light beige component into a functioning plastic reproduction of their concept.

Assistant Professor Daniel J. Miller said that the addition of the rapid prototyping machine has added further potential for experimentation and invention within the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.

“Students previously had to cast or mill prototypes in metal,” Miller said. “Now they can run a program to print out scale models of their projects in plastic.”

Other student projects that have taken shape on the Dimension Printer include a scale-model working wind turbine and custom lightweight bicycle parts.

“One of our strengths is that we encourage students to apply theoretical calculations in real-world applications,” noted school Dean David J. Wells. “We emphasize efficiency and innovation all of our technology related curricula.”

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.


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