|Project Summary||Project Information|
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.
|Ian Kurtz||Team Manageremail@example.com|
|Reese Salen||Design Leadfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Matt Nygren||Communication Leademail@example.com|
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Design Review Documents
- Dr. Steven Galbraith, curator of Cary Graphic Arts Collection at RIT, for sponsorship.
- Dr. Anna Siebach-Larsen, director of Rossell Hope Robbins Library at UofR, for sponsorship.
- Susan Farnand, RIT Professor, and Chris Leibfried for their guidance.
- Dr. Juilee Decker, RIT Professor, for creating the exhibit and visitor experience.
- Katherine MacLaren, RIT Student, for volunteering to create the museum exhibit.
- Will Tracey, School for American Crafts, for his invaluable woodworking assistance and use of the furniture design workshop.
- Mike Buffalin, The Construct at RIT, for training and use of the CNC router.
- Scott Peters, True Wood Products, for building the wheel faces.
- Dr. Gregory Heyworth, UofR Professor, for his interest and knowledge of bookwheels.
- Dr. Alfonso Fuentes-Aznar, RIT Professor, for assisting in gear design.
- Dr. Matthew Marshall, RIT Professor, for assisting in ergonomic design.