In Spring 2017, I took a class on Measurement and Instrumentation in which every student has to complete a research project. The work starts with a proposal, research plan, execution, writing a research paper, and giving a final poster presentation. 

I love crafting, so I chose a project that involves heat embossing.  The process used in making embossed designs on card stock involves melting and solidifying powders on a surface.  This is achieved by using a heat gun to melt the embossing powder. The process is similar to joining processes such as welding or laser cladding. I decided to design and perform an experiment to study the effects of different process parameters on the rate of embossing and the quality of the embossed product.  
Final poster of experimental process and results
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