Projects at think[box]


Doppler Yoyo July 9, 2014

This novel and patent-pending design for an inexpensive 3D printed competition-grade yoyo uses a single material, and achieves a high moment of inertia by changing the geometry in ways that would be impossible without 3D printing. The main difference in this design is the internal variable density rings that would be very difficult to do any other way than 3D printing. By maintaining a high fill density and high resolution, the yoyos are rotationally symmetric with high moments of inertia and mass equal to that of a standard competition grade yoyo, while having a net production cost of less than 20 dollars per yoyo, factoring in everything from the string, to the box, to the bearing.


Zach Lerner -
Vince Cozza -

LumenEd June 16, 2014

LumenEd is a non-profit organization dedicated to overcoming infrastructural barriers to quality education in the developing world. LumenEd empowers students, teachers, and schools by providing access to digital resources through an integrated projector, PC, and video camera. This multimedia platform can run independently off of solar-charged batteries and doesn't require an internet connection. The casing was lasercut in think[box], and the entire assembly is simple and rugged enough to be used by anyone, anywhere.


Tridente Beach Paddles June 16, 2014

A new line of Tridente Beach Paddles are being prototyped in think[box]. Emphasizing handmade quality and simple designs, these beach paddles evoke endless childhood summers on the sunny beaches of Crete playing "Raketes." This superb line of beach paddles will be an homage to "the official sport of summer."


NASA Robotic Mining Competition June 9, 2014

The CWRU Robotics Club designed and built this mining robot to compete in the 2014 NASA Robotic Mining Competition in Florida. This untethered robot collected several kilograms of Mars-like soil using a rotating array of scoops.

Kayla Andersen -
Calin Solomon -


Elsie's Car May 27, 2014

This is a modified child-sized Toyota FJ Cruiser, re-designed and re-built to provide improved mobility for a local 7-year-old girl who lives with cerebral palsy. Due to her condition, she suffers from partial paralysis on the left side of her body and is unable to walk unassisted. The design team focused on making the vehicle easier to operate and more ergonomic, which included a fully-supportive seat, more tactile controls, and increased legroom. The think[box] Student Project Fund provided funding for the project, and modifications primarily took place in think[box] and the Bingham Machine Shop.

Watch Video: Restoring the Gift of Mobility

Fynn McPherson -


3D Magnetic Skull Puzzle May 12, 2014

This 3D printed skull puzzle was created for the human evolution exhibit at the Cleveland Natural History Museum. Kids especially enjoyed playing with the piece! The installation simulates what it would be like to find a specimen in the field (as they are rarely found in one piece) and educates people about the structure of the skull. Magnets embedded in the nine different pieces of plastic allow the skull to be reassembled without difficulty. 

Derrick Nau -

Bacteriophage Q-beta Model May 6, 2014

This is a 3D printed model of Bacteriophage Q-Beta, a virus that commonly infects E. coli. This printed model is about 2 million times larger than the actual virus! Asst. Prof. Jon Pokorski, in the department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, used this virus in his postdoctoral research as a platform for drug delivery and biomedical imaging.

Jack Edelbrock -
Kerry Martenis -
Stacy Yeh -

Orchard Fifth Grade Anti-Bullying Mural May 2, 2014

Progressive Arts Alliance is a Cleveland-based non-profit that engages K-12 students in the greater cleveland area in art, music, dance, architecture, and arts-integration.  This anti-bullying project for Orchard Elementary incorporated panels designed by the students into an edge-lit acrylic mural etched and built in think[box].

Ainsley Buckner -

Luminance Wearable Technology May 2, 2014

The second generation of wearable fashion and technology created by Team Pulse and winner of Best of Show in the 2014 Cleveland Institute of Art In the Dark fashion competition. Luminance improves on the technology of its antecedent, Pulse, by utilizing an accelerometer to capture the models movement and dynamically translate that data into effects that are either softly shimmering or bold and bright. Think[box] resources were instrumental in the assembly of the dress and the underlying technology.

Raymond Krajci -
Ben Horvat -
Marcy Kniss -
Eric Payne -

Plasma Assisted Fuel Nozzle May 2, 2014

Using think[box] a novel way was developed to improve the way fuel burns in jet engines. Plasma is used to break apart fuel and air molecules before they are burned, this has the effect of "jump-starting" the combustion reaction making it safer and more efficient.  Promising results were obtained whereby a stable flame was held with 63% less fuel than what is possible with conventional means. This could potentially translate to significant aviation fuel savings.

Felipe Gomez del Campo -