Phone: (864) 497-1924
LinkedIn: Ben Lewson
I'm an engineer with a passion for making and design. The MakerSpace has been a great opportunity for me to work on projects ranging from musical electronics, to robotics, to medical devices. I love the fact that the space is open to people from all departments and majors. I've definitely learned more from the unique perspectives of our users than I ever could have on my own. Right now, I'm working on writing a library for generating different geometric patterns on the laser cutter, improving my team's biopsy punch design, outfitting more of our marching band with sound reactive lights, and a visually driven drum synthesizer. Feel free to email me if you want to know more about any of the projects I've worked on, or if you want to learn more about the MakerSpace. Or if you want to see what I'm currently coding, check out my GitHub!
- NASA Big Idea Challenge: Project Sunflower
Holy expletive, we won! I'm incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have worked with such creative and talented engineers. I truly can't wait to work with these guys in the future.
The Sunflower is a modular Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) Tug system designed to transfer cargo from Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to Lunar Distant Retrograde Orbit (LDRO) economically and efficiently.
- Automated Biopsy Punch
- Laser Engraver
- Sound Reactive Drum Lights
- Infinity Table
- 3D Printing
- Laser Cutter
- CNC Mill
- CNC Lathe
- Analog Electronics
- Design for Manufacture
The automated biopsy punch solves the problem of the currently time consuming and inconsistent process of taking a punch biopsy for the diagnosis of melanoma and carcinoma. The CMDX Biopsy Team (Sydney Chestler, Ryan Fishel, Perri Levine, and Ben Lewson) have been developing this technology since 2014, for both the Tulane University Novel Technology Challenge and their respective Senior Team Design projects.
This is what happens when information about the GRBL embedded CNC controller, the discovery that reasonably high-wattage laser diodes are available cheaply on Amazon, and a few hundred dollars all fall into my lap at the same time. It was a really interesting project that taught me quite a bit about CNC control workflows, powering laser diodes, and the joys of 80-20 aluminum extrusion.
As a proud member of the Tulane University Marching Band from 2014 to 2016, I was incredibly excited for the chance to add sound reactive lighting to our drumline to make our Mardi Gras parades a little more exciting and possibly disorientating.
For when you need a side table for your dorm room, but you have a pathological obsession with blinking lights and haven't heard of addressable LED strips yet.