Faculty Advisor

Cobb, Eben C.


The goal of this project is to create a device to enable a person to lift a loaded dog crate into a vehicle with minimal physical exertion. A dog owner can face difficulties trying to get an animal into a vehicle if the animal is uncooperative, or unable to enter the vehicle under its own power due to injury or old age. This is an even greater challenge if the dog is heavy, or if the owner has difficulty handling heavy loads. Many products are available on the market to assist persons to lift heavy objects, but none exist that are affordable and can be reasonably used to lift an uncooperative or infirm animal. The chosen design incorporates a scissor frame and a home-built air bladder system to lift a loaded dog crate to an intended maximum height of 30 inches.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2016


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering