Projects at think[box]


Steel Forge June 5, 2018

A team of two undergraduate students, Tom Milyo and Ian Finlay, built this propane-fired steel forge capable of reaching 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The forge was constructed from a compressed air tank lined with a ceramic wool insulation material called kaowool that was coated in a refractory cement called ITC-100 to protect the wool from structural damage during firing.


Tom Milyo -
Ian Finlay -

Mothbot June 5, 2018

MothBot is a biologically-inspired research project to create a robot that mimics the Manduca Sexta hawkmoth. Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicles (FWMAV) are a relatively new branch of robotics currently being explored by the Biorobotics Group. The test stand includes a laser-cut acrylic enclosure to house a microcontroller and control surfaces in addition to a 100-gram micro load cell that measures the lift force generated by the flapping of the polymer wings.


Kenneth Moses-

Badar's Workshop May 30, 2018

Badar Kayani, a think[box] student worker, shares his projects and builds with others through Badar’s Workshop to encourage hands-on making experiences for everyone. His fun and useful projects include a bike-mounted protein bar holster, a desktop fume extractor for soldering, and a homemade power supply for electronics. Subscribe to Badar’s Workshop on YouTube , Instructables, Instagram, and Facebook to see what he’s making next!


Badar Kayani -

Bayesian Autonomous Broadcasting Sentry (BABS) May 30, 2018

This robot is called the Bayesian Autonomous Broadcasting Sentry(BABS) Research Robot Platform. The Medical Robotics and Computer Integrated Surgery (MeRCIS) Robotics lab uses BABS for various research and senior capstone projects. The chassis and other structual components were fabricated in think[box].


Dr. Wyatt Newman-

Swarmbots May 30, 2018

Built by Chuanqi Zheng, Yang Lui, John Wylie, and Alan Waterhouse, this Distributed Intelligence and Robotics Laboratory research project allows students to study the algorithms and behaviors of robot collaboration. A specialized glove controller takes in human motion inputs and sends commands to the robots to guide them through the laser cut maze.



Chuanqi Zheng -
Yang Lui -
John Wylie -
Alan Waterhouse -

Dynamic Prosthesis May 30, 2018

Cleveland State University student Xavier Williams designed this 3D printed flexible sensor housing that could be applied to leg prostetics to add a dynamic stabilization element. Pressure sensors applied to the bottom of the foot could provide feedback for actuators in the prosthetic in order to mimic the natural behavior of muscles in the leg in adjusting the foot for an even distribution of weight.


Xavier Williams-


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 printed 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 -