Projects at think[box]


Smart Medical Instruments September 24, 2017

Prichard Medical is a medical device innovation company that adds orientation data and adaptive lighting to surgical tools. By "upgrading" well-known tools used by physicians to include data from electronic sensors, Prichard Medical is making surgery safer, more precise, and more cost-effective.


Joseph Drain -

Computer Controlled Wet Plate Collodion Camera September 23, 2017

This project seeks to create a mechanized version of a vintage camera, in order to prevent over-exposure. According to the makers, “this project sets out to create a 16*20 wet plate collodion camera that allows the artist to composite multiple exposures into one plate using an internal CNC controlled second aperture.” The design of the camera is almost the same as other similar cameras, however, a middle standard, made of a TTL (through-the-lens) metering system and a CNC shutter, has been used. This allows for the selective control of which part of the image is retained, and which parts are saved for future use for exposure.


Ryan Laganson -

DBD Plasma Actuator August 5, 2017

Electric fields are used in this project to improve aerodynamics on moving vehicles. Traditionally, vehicles such as freight trucks can use up to 65% of their total fuel consumption simply to overcome drag forces seen at highway speeds. Low-pressure zones behind a moving vehicle cause up to 25% of those drag forces, and can be minimized if airstream separation can be prevented. Similar improvements can be made on other aerodynamic forms such as airplane wings. In this project, a high-voltage alternating current is used to produce electric plasma which ionizes the air molecules surrounding a typical airfoil cross-section. The electric field then accelerates the ions in the desired direction so that boundary layer separation is minimized.



Prince Ghosh -
Norbert Gratzl -

Billion Bottle Project August 2, 2017

The Billion Bottle Project is a non-profit organization based in Cleveland, Ohio working to increase access to clean drinking water by enhancing the solar disinfection (SODIS) technique. SODIS works by using the power of the sun to destroy bacteria and viruses in drinking water. Numerous trials have proven that using SODIS reduces diarrheal disease, the second leading killer of children under 5. Even though SODIS is so effective that UNICEF and WHO have endorsed it, it's difficult for users to know how long to treat their water to ensure it's safe. With so many variations among unique communities around the world, a single set of SODIS guidelines simply can't be efficient for everyone. To modernize SODIS, BBP researchers are building the world's most accurate reusable SODIS sensor. Designed to be ultra-low-cost so that it is accessible to everyone, this technology eliminates all the variables, telling users exactly when their SODIS treatment is complete. By making SODIS easier to use, BBP is working towards a world where every family has a sustainable source of clean drinking water that protects them from waterborne disease.



Hanji Duck Stands August 2, 2017

Aimee Lee is an artist and expert in Korean papermaking and its role in art, culture, and history. Her miniature ducks woven out of hanji, which is handmade Korean paper, needed display stands. Inspired by collaborations with jewelry metals artists, she worked with think[box] staff in the metal shop to solder copper tubing to copper plates that could hold wire to run into the ducks. They are displayed in museum and gallery shows all over the U.S. and are available for view and purchase locally at Still Point Gallery in Little Italy.


Aimee Lee -

Better Block Project July 21, 2017

Better Block Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, engages cities in creative placemaking. The booths in this temporary open-air market were created at think[box] using plywood milled on the ShopBot.


 Monica Diodati -

Afidgety July 7, 2017

Afidgety, a local business started by twelve-year-old Aiden Owens, sells a variety of wood and plastic fidget spinners. Aiden constructed prototypes and first products of the toys here in Sears think[box]. With the help of think[box] staff, he learned how to use design software and got started laser cutting and 3D printing spinners. Aiden enjoys improving the design, adding steel bearings and designing different types available on the Afidgety Etsy page. Now, Aiden prints much of his work on his own 3D printer that he bought with profits from his business.



Safety Skin Product Display July 5, 2017

Safety Skin is a high-visibility reflective spread designed to be directly applied to the skin. Runners, cyclists, and other outdoor athletes concerned about night-time visibility use the product to alert automobile drivers to their presence. This product display was created using layers of laser-cut wood.


MANCAN Wine 6-Pack Boxes July 5, 2017


MANCAN Wine is a blended wine packaged in a can instead of the traditional bottle to meet lifestyle needs and lower transportation costs. Product designers with MANCAN Wine used the laser cutters and media area at think[box] to create prototypes of their new 6-pack product packaging.


Life-Sized Operation Game April 28, 2017

This "life-sized" game of operation was created by the medical fraternity Phi Delta Epsilon as part of a Relay For Life fundraising event.


Jasmin Bhangu -