Projects at think[box]


HoldTrak Smart Assistive Walking Aid May 29, 2018

The HoldTrak system turns traditional walking devices such as canes, crutches, and walkers into smart walking devices that can alert caregivers to falls and accidents with the help of an Android app. The enclosure for this device was designed to be compatible with most commercially- available walking aids and can be installed in under 15 minutes. Prototyping at think[box] included additive manufacturing, PCB routing and electronics assembly.


Daniel Weidman -

3D Printed Circuits May 29, 2018

Adam Krajewski, working in the materials science lab of Professor Welsch, uses graphite-infused PLA to explore the possibility of 3D prined circuits. This study involves observing long-term changes in electrical conductivity of additively-manufactured graphite-infused PLA (Polyactic Acid) Plastic. By studying how this material degrades, Krajewski hopes to find possible treatments to improve the durability of 3D printed circuits.


Adam Krajewski -

Woody May 25, 2018

Woody was developed by Xiao Liu, Tao Liu, Daniel Hayosh, and Alexander Brandt for their research in the Distributed Intelligence and Robotics Laboratory. The newest version of another roboric friend, Philos, Woody could soon become a caregiver to those in assisted living conditions, interacting with its owner and providing companionship. The wooden pieces that make up the body and expressive animatronic face were laser cut at think[box].



Xiao Liu -
Tao Liu -
Daniel Hayosh -
Alexander Brandt -

Jolly Tap Handles May 25, 2018

In September 2017 the Jolly Scholar added a brewery to its on-campus restaurant and bar. These custom tap handles celebrate the opening by pouring house brews at the bar. Students cut the aluminum frame pieces on the waterjet and TIG welded them together to form the handle.


Jerray Dewa -
Richard Offhaus -
Celena Hsiung -
Alex Shimek -


CRABS Robot May 25, 2018

Ryan Curry and Anna Krakora created a new and improved set of legs for the Biologically Inspired Robotics Laboratory project, the Compliant-legged Robot for Amphibious Behavior in Surf-zones, or CRABS. Designed to explore areas of beaches that are too dangerous or too small for humans, these 3D printed legs will improve the robot's overall mobility in difficult watery conditions.


Ryan Curry-
Anna Krakora-

Topographical Map of Shanghai May 25, 2018

This topographical relief map of Shanghai, China was generated using the Geographic Resources Analysis Support System Geographical Information System or GRASS GIS. GRASS GIS manages, analyzes, and processes geospatial data to provide the topographic contours and maps of public roads that were cut, etched, stained, and assembled in think[box].


Jerray Dewa -

Transportation Domination April 21, 2018

This fun, informative board game simulates the real-life business models of transportation companies. Players explore the current issues that the ride sharing, public transport, and individual ownership sectors face by drawing cards that present social, cultural, and economic changes. Navigating these changes, sectors compete to dominate the industry by getting the largest market share. In the process, they learn about the reality of the transportation industry and how it is changing. Transportation Domination is one of three board games produced in think[box] by a team of CWRU MBA and CIA students.

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Lauren Nelson -
Morgan Hleung -
Chang Liu -

Wheelchair Conversion Kit April 6, 2018

This wheelchair converter kit transforms manual wheelchairs into lightweight, high-performance electric wheelchairs. This kit attaches a small electric motor to the back of a wheelchair and drives the wheels with a small rubber wheel and friction. By making a kit to retrofit a manual wheelchair, this team aims to provide a more affordable alternative to electric wheelchairs.


Jonathan Slavin -


DApp Tycoon April 5, 2018

This innovative board game explores the potential effects of cryptocurrency, such as Ethereum-run Decentralized Applications (DApps) on society. Players play either as the corporate elite who control the majority of the resources or the independent DApps who challenge them in competition for blockchain technology. In the game different types of capital (human, social, etc.) are represented by blocks and are either stacked, helping the corporate elite, or removed, helping the DApps. Much like Jenga, selecting blocks becomes tricky as the game progresses. The game ends when one side controls all resources, or the tower falls (and therefore, society) collapses. DApp Tycoon is one of three board games produced in think[box] by a team of CWRU MBA and CIA students.  


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Kevin Payne -
Heather Hargrow -
Yujin Lim -

Proposition for the Uninvited March 9, 2018

This forty foot wide artwork, titled “Proposition for the Uninvited,” hangs in downtown Cleveland’s Worthington Yards complex. Artist Michael Loderstedt created a multimedia display of a Cleveland cityscape overlaid with invasive plants using a digital jacquard loom, cast resin and digitally fabricated acrylic. The visual “ripple” effect in the water was achieved by weaving a colorful, very high-resolution pattern from a digital plan. The bright pink and blue detail pieces showing the invasive plant species, Japanese Knotweed and Purple Loosestrife, were cut and etched on think[box]’s laser cutter.


Michael Loderstedt -