P18510: Ramelli's Rotating Reader
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A bookwheel, or reading wheel, is a rotating bookcase which allows the user to read multiple books in one location without needing to lift the books. The first bookwheel was designed in the 16th century by Agostino Ramelli, an Italian engineer. His version of the bookwheel rotates books vertically around an axis, utilizing epicyclic gears to keep books at a constant angle when rotated.

The goal of this project is to recreate two bookwheels, while maintaining historical accuracy in terms of material and design. The bookwheels will be displayed in RIT’s Cary Archives and in University of Rochester’s Robbins Library.

For the original project proposal see the Project Readiness Package. For more detailed background information, check out this Wikipedia page.

Source: Le diverse et artificiose machine del Capitano Agostino Ramelli

Source: Le diverse et artificiose machine del Capitano Agostino Ramelli

Project Name
16th Century Reading Wheel
Project Number
P18510
Start Term
Spring 2018
End Term
Fall 2018
Faculty Guides
Susan Farnand
Chris Leibfried
Primary Customers
Steven Galbraith
Anna Siebach-Larsen
Sponsors
Cary Graphic Arts Collection
Rossell Hope Robbins Library

Team Members

Ramelli's Rotating Readers

Ramelli's Rotating Readers

Member Role Contact
Ian Kurtz Team Manager ixk5553@rit.edu
Reese Salen Design Lead ras9576@rit.edu
Matt Nygren Communication Lead mxn4881@rit.edu
Maher Abdelkawi Facilitator/Purchaser maa4656@rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase

MSD I & II MSD I MSD II

Planning & Execution

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Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)

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Project Management Design Tools Design Documentation Implementation Validation Presentation & Dissemination

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Cost

Risk Management

Problem Management

Communication & Minutes

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Concept Selection

BOM

Mechanical Drawings

Facility Layout

Manuals

Mockups

Test Fixtures

Prototyping

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Simulations

Test Results

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Technical Paper

Poster

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