Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2023

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Center for Manufacturing Excellence

First Advisor

Mike Gill

Second Advisor

Rick Hollander

Third Advisor

Ellis Bledsoe

Relational Format



Progressing from a simple idea into a fully developed product is one of the main goals of any engineer. Through Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence’s capstone program, the team was tasked with realizing a tensegrity cup stand. The tensegrity structure consists of a top and a bottom of some form only supporting itself by tension. The team had to research the concept, create an initial design, create a prototype of the product, improve the design after the prototype’s mistakes, apply lean principles to improve the manufacturing efficiency, and analyze all the economic impacts of the engineering decisions. In the end, a well-polished product and process was achieved while still providing a positive-profit business model. The capstone process taught the whole team an extensive amount of real-world engineering challenges as well as the contributions needed to manufacture a product.

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