College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering Department
BS in Mechanical Engineering
This report documents all the research, ideation, and mockups used to determine right ventricle motion and develop a system capable of reproducing that motion on a tissue sample. The model is intended for evaluating anchoring systems being developed by Edwards Lifesciences for use with tricuspid valve therapies. Several design solutions were considered for the primary functions of recreating motion of the right ventricle and attaching tissue to the device. From these ideas a primary means of producing motion and attaching tissue was selected. These ideas were then developed over the course of a school year to become the final system hardware delivered to the project sponsor. This document covers the design process including multiple iterations both in CAD and of structural prototypes. The document concludes by discussing the final hardware and the next steps proposed to improve upon the final design.