Projects at think[box]

 

Generatively Designed Vehicle Suspension Member March 9, 2018

This rear control arm acts as a lightweight, load-bearing suspension member for a Baja racing competition vehicle. The CWRU Baja SAE team designed this part using Altair Inspire, a specialized 3D design software that optimizes strength of a part while minimizing its weight. By simulating the loads that the arm will need to carry, the software generates the lightest possible support structure. The students then cut the part out of extruded aluminum. The CWRU Baja SAE’s mini-baja team will race a car using this part in demanding competitions.

Website: http://www.cwrubaja.com

Soil Stiffness Probe February 27, 2018

In this project, a new device to measure soil stiffness was developed and characterized by a PhD candidate in the department of Civil Engineering. The final device consists of one pair of bender elements, one pair of extender elements, two push frames, two solid cones, and two adjustable connection rods. The push frames were constructed from stock aluminum and metal rulers were attached to them in order to show the depth of the sensors below the surface of the soil.

Contact:

Xu Yang - xxy214@case.edu 

Guitar Replica February 14, 2018
 

This replica of a semi-hollow body Washburn Delta King was created using the ShopBot. The original guitar was traced on a large sheet of graph paper, and points were selected and then plotted in SolidWorks as splines for the Shopbot to cut. 

Contact:

Mario Slagle - mms206@case.edu
Slater Jameson - saj51@case.edu

 

Peristaltic Pump February 8, 2018

This low-cost peristaltic pump was built for use in cultured meat research at Kent State University. Cultured meat is the process of creating lab-grown animal cells for human consumption, with the goals of increasing animal welfare and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Peristaltic pumps are commonly used in biological applications because the pump does not make direct contact with the biological media, thus avoiding contamination. Although peristaltic pumps are available commercially, this design addresses a need for small, customizable, low-cost solutions for wet lab equipment

Website: new-harvest.org/cultured

Contact:

Kristina Collins - kvc2@case.edu
Jess Kreiger - Jkrieger@kent.edu 

ELAC Control System December 7, 2017

This user-friendly device controls and monitors a complex process for creating Electrochemically Aligned Collagen (ELAC) threads, a biomaterial used in orthopaedic repairs.  ELAC threads are difficult to produce in the continuous lengths needed for practical application, but this system can automatically produce them to the necessary specifications. This controller oversees all production parameters and allows the operator to control all settings through a user-friendly interface with a live video feed. The project was funded by the Student Project Fund and used the laser cutter, wood shop, and tools in think[box].

Contact:

Umit Erol - umit@case.edu

DIY Laser Cut Yarn Lampshades December 6, 2017

These hanging lampshades were created with laser-cut pieces of plywood in circular shapes and hot-glued to form a cylindrical frame which is strung with colored yarn. Hung from the ceiling by the lightbulb’s electrical cord, these lamps can decorate any area. Beauty and the Bolt provide files and instructions to make your own lampshade in the YouTube video linked below.

Video: https://youtu.be/7GWQ988d47I 

Contact:

Xyla Foxlin - xrf@case.edu

 

 
Tabletop Robot Sign December 4, 2017

T-bot is a friendly face that welcomes all to the Tabletop Cafe in Ohio City.  He was designed in CorelDraw and cut out of plywood using the Shopbot on the Fabrication floor. They also used copper tape and LEDs for extra "pizazz"!

Website: tabletopcleve.com

 

 
Bilirubin Blanket November 30, 2017

A Bilirubin blanket is a non-invasive light therapy treatment for babies born with jaundice. Bilirubin is a compound normally found in the body and responsible for a certain catabolic pathway in vertebrates, however excessive amounts of bilirubin in the blood can be problematic. Exposing the skin to a certain frequency of blue light has the effect of helping the body eliminate excessive amounts of bilirubin from the body.

Contact:

Nina Sokol - nina.sokol@case.edu
Jonathan Petrozzini - jonathan.petrozzini@case.edu
Matthew McDaniels - matthew.mcdaniels@case.edu

Printmaking Plate November 14, 2017
 

These handmade postcards are part of Cleveland Colectiv’s line of unique, locally produced note cards and coasters. The artists of Cleveland Colectiv stamp their original artwork onto paper using a linoleum block in a specialized press. Typically the linoleum blocks are hand-cut for this process, but the artists found that they can use the laser cutter to produce thinner, crisper lines. Cleveland Colectiv’s next project will be use the laser cutter’s precision to help create multi-color print designs.

Website: http://clecolectiv.bigcartel.com/

Video: https://www.instagram.com/p/BbRwTGSFKPp/?taken-by=cle.colectiv

Product Runway 2017 October 27, 2017
Product Runway.jpg

Designed for the Product Runway 2017 runway fashion show, this gown was crafted by Cleveland Institute of Art students in Interior Architecture and Graphic Design. The garment was made from leather laser cut at think[box]. The leather pieces were then hand-crafted into origami details forming a floral design across the gown.

Contact:

Harry Pappas - hgpappas@student.cia.edu