Daniel Walsh - Portfolio

Email: danielmwalsh1@gmail.com | Cell: 425-420-5785

About Me

Hello, my name is Daniel Walsh. I am currently a senior at the University of Washington
studying Mechanical Engineering. I enjoy creating things whether it is with my hands or
on a computer. The following is a collection of some of my mechanical engineering and
CAD projects.

3D Modelling/Rendering
Rendering

3D Modelling/Printing

Figure 1. Fully functional platform jack

Figure 2. Sliding storage drawers

Figure 3. Wind-powered sail-car

Figure 4. “Spool-Snail” filament spool holder

Figure 5. Cosplay prop pistol

Daft Punk Helmet Project
August – October 2016

Helmet
I stared this project as a Halloween costume but it quickly became more than that and
in the end was an excellent learning experience that introduced me to new
manufacturing techniques, electronics, and coding. I began by creating a 3D model of
the helmet using CAD software and printed it out on a Replicator Z18. I spent hours
sanding the helmet and applying coats of primer to smooth out the ridges from the
printing layers. I then applied a glossy black coat and spent even more time sanding it
with increasingly fine grit sandpaper to achieve a mirror-like finish.
Visor
The visor was one of the hardest parts of the helmet to make due to its shape and the
fact that I couldn’t 3D print it since I needed it to be transparent. To create the visor I
first constructed a vacuum former using MDF and a shop-vac. Then I used the vacuum
former to mold a heated sheet of PETG into the shape of the visor.
Electronics/Coding
The electronics for the helmet were controlled by an Arduino Nano and powered by 6
C-Cell Batteries. The lights were an RGB Led strip that I programmed in Arduino to flash

in different patterns. Additionally, I incorporated a volume sensor into my design to
allow for an alternate mode where the lights flashed in sync with music.

Medical Tissue Staining Device – Capstone Project
January 2016 – March 2016
This is my capstone engineering project for the Mechanical Engineering department at
the University of Washington. I am working in a team of three to create a medical device
to automate the process of staining human tissue with nanoparticles to check for cancer
cells. The device holds tissue samples in place using a suction plate and a servo motor
repeatedly raises and lowers a plate with a drop of liquid holding the nanoparticles. Our
primary difficulty with our design so far has been creating a suction plate that is both
effective for various sizes of tissues and does not suck up the liquid. Our final device will
be used in the UW medical center to perform the tedious 10-minute tissue staining
operation automatically. This will free up nurse’s valuable time and provide more
consistent results.

Figure 1. Our device prototype

Figure 2. A CAD rendering of the new stage designed to hold multiple tissue samples.

FitPal
November 2015 – January 2016
In late 2015 I was approached to do some CAD, rendering, and manufacturing work for
a product that is currently launching on Kickstarter. The product is called FitPal and it is
a wearable fitness patch that aims to help athletes improve their workouts by
monitoring and providing feedback on heart rate, sleep quality, calories burned, and
other properties. I was tasked with designing the appearance of the device and creating
a form-factor prototype.

Figure 1. Render of the prototype.

Figure 2. (Right) Flexible 3D printed form-factor prototype

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