Projects at think[box]


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.

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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 -

Operating Room Nurse Simulator May 2, 2014

Before entering the operating room, perioperative nurses and surgical technicians need to be proficient in instrument passing to assure a smooth surgery. Currently they are given three weeks to learn the names of hundreds of instruments in which the only learning methods are textbooks, lectures, and peer-to-peer training. This simulator allows operating room nurses and surgical technicians hands-on training to practice recognizing instruments, setting up of instruments, passing instruments in full surgeries, and reacting to emergencies. The device consists of hardware to mimic a surgeon and supplemental educational software to adjust and grow with the user.

Alexis Schilf -

EMG Detector Learn-To-Solder Kit March 27, 2014

This novel low-cost, low-power learn-to-solder kit was inspired by an Ingenuity Festival performance project created by CWRU graduate students Daniel Tan and Nathan Makowski. The performance was called Life Illuminated (see video).

Undergraduate student Dan Dichek collaborated with Daniel Tan and Nathan Makowski to transform the concept into a "Learn to Solder" kit, useful for K-12 outreach. The device measures the electric signals generated by human muscles and displays them on an LED bar graph. It is intended to be used for learn-to-solder workshops, and as a human-machine interface for other student projects.

Bird Technologies of Solon, OH contributed to and manufactured the final product. Several prototypes were made with the think[box] PCB router.

Link to informational brochure

Daniel Dichek -
Daniel Tan -
Nathan Makowski -

Reed Arts Festival Daemon Mouthpiece March 12, 2014

A CWRU student designed a mouthpiece for a friend's entry into Reed Arts Week at Reed College in Portland, OR. The piece fit inside the user's mouth between their cheek and lower teeth, and illuminated the inside of the user's mouth proportionally to the volume of their voice. Parts were sourced from the Sears Lab and the custom PCBs were made on the think[box] circuit board router. Final assembly was completed in think[box]. 

Daniel Dichek -

"Vive" Headphones February 5, 2014

Sustainability minded headphones using flexible, perforated plywood and eco-friendly padding for easy recycling.

Bernadette Marconi -