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3D IoT Map (Summer 2019 – Summer 2020)

This page describes the Summer Internship experience at Penn EDS and IBI to develop a 3D IoT USA map to display Epidemiological data. Chris Yassopoulos (Mechanical Engineering, Texas A&M), Theodore Mischel (Mechanical Engineering, RPI) and Michael Koerwer (School of Business, Villanova University) will add information about what it took to get this project going thru the summer.

The map will be a 3D printed topological projection of the entire United States. Currently, the plan is to have a grid of LEDs in series which will be programmed to light up in specific locations in accordance with the data from the Health Language Processing Lab.


Update 8-6-2020:

All LED panels now working and we have code to test:

Here is the github for the code: https://github.com/Penn-EDS/3DIotMap

We have a strategy to mount the map on top of the panels and expand the number of panels.

07/08/2019: Printing Advancements, Electronics Updates, and Beginning Testing

Over the past week the team has been working towards material testing by prepping prints and electronics for transparency and dispersion testing. Printing has taken longer than usual but is proceeding at a steady pace. There are currently 2 test states completed using 2 different plastics and 3 additional states will be printed to allow for testing of other plastics. In addition, some members of the team have been working to ensure that all the electronics will function properly and have begun drafting basic wire plans for all possible light sources. The goal for this week is to determine the best plastic/light source combination so that construction can proceed by 7/15.

Here is the printer used:

07/15/2019: Printing, Electronics, and Code Underway

Over the past week the team made several large steps towards our end goal. Plastic testing was completed on 07/09 and transparent PLA plastic was selected as the final material. This selection was done by printing the same state using both transparent PETG and PLA filaments and comparing the transparency, printing speed, and quality of the final product. Once PLA was selected and approved on all fronts, we began printing the final versions of each individual state.

Transparent PETG (left) vs PLA (right)

In addition to the work on the physical map, the team has been working hard on ensuring the electronics and code are ready for implementation and final testing as soon as printing is completed. Demonstrations of both of these systems are expected by 07/22.

3D print headband for face shields (COVID-19 pandemic March 2020)

This STL file was listed in this NIH page:


Here is a downloadable link for the STL file for the headband, the rest of the items can be easily procured.

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