Projects at think[box]


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 -

CHIMU April 25, 2017

CHIMU is an African fashion line of handmade Dashiki designed and made by Chioma Onukwuire, a Polymer Science and Engineering Student at Case Western Reserve University. A Dashiki is colorful, loose-fitting garment with ornate decoration on the collar and hems. While designing the clothing Chioma made fashioned the garments herself using sewing and embroidery machine at think[box]. Soon Chioma’s clothing brand will be expanding in collaboration with a local Nigerian seamstress.


Chioma Onukwuire -

Bird Cage Purse April 4, 2017

This striking purse designed for a class assignment emphasizing hardware draws inspiration from bird cages. Designed and fashioned by a Cleveland Institute of Art sophomore in the Jewelry and Metals department, the top white ring is printed in selective laser sintered nylon and the grey T-joints are printed in SLS metallic plastic. The leather was laser cut at think[box].


Audrey Chou -

Realistic Anatomy Models for Medical Training April 4, 2017

A training gap was identified in the anesthesiology field regarding bronchoscopy and lung isolation. Turning Mode - a Cleveland-based health-tech startup - prototyped these Tracheo-Bronchial models using 3D printers at think[box] to attempt to solve this training gap. The models were presented at Lung Isolation Workshops at Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic in Q1-2017. TurningMode is now developing additional models as well as videos and training aids to assist with the usage of the anatomy models.


Jorge Zapata -

Thermocast 3D Topological Map March 28, 2017

Undergraduate mathematics and computer science major Brian Johnson and mathematics faculty member Silvia Saccon developed a set of in-class activities to help Calculus III students strengthen their geometric understanding of multivariable calculus. Using 3D printing at think[box], they built translucent models of a French mountain region. Calculus III students used these models, together with 2D topographical maps, to explore concepts in 3D space, and visualize surfaces and connections to 2D representations. This project is part of the Active Learning+ Initiative sponsored by the CWRU [U]Tech Teaching + Learning Technologies Team.


Brian Johnson -
Silvia Saccon -

Twisted Tower March 28, 2017

Twisted Tower, a "modular" origami structure first designed by Japanese origami artist Mihoko Tachibana, shows unique structural and geometrical properties that allow bending, twisting, and linear motions. 

Researchers at the Distributed Intelligence and Robotics Lab at CWRU aim to create novel mechanisms inspired by this structure, and substitute 3D printed modules for traditional mechanical components used in robotics. 

Their latest work was featured at the 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS 2017), as well as on various online newspapers.




Prof. Kiju Lee -


AIMbot March 22, 2017

AIMbot (Automated Inventory Management Robot) is a robot designed to autonomously store and retrieve packages inside of a warehouse. It operates using an omnidirectional mecanum drivetrain, a dual scissor lift, and a 5-axis articulated arm with a suction gripper. The platform's modular architecture allows it to also be configured for custom applications. Designed by Wyatt Slifcak, the first prototype was made at Think[box].


Wyatt Slifcak -