Faculty Advisor

Sullivan, John M.


The goal of this Major Qualifying Project was to design a rolling ball sculpture that incorporates the different areas of study at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and conveys them in an engaging manner to potential students. This project was split into three stages: research, design, and fabrication. The team completed research and analysis of existing rolling ball sculptures. After formulating a design, our team began to fabricate the machine. Manufacturing techniques included woodworking, MIG welding, Oxy-Acetylene brazing, manual machining, CNC machining, laser cutting, rapid prototyping, and mechanism assembly. Upon completion, our team evaluated the functionality of the individual components and the unit as a whole and compiled our research into the following report.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2015


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering