Projects at think[box]


Cast Glass Artwork February 7, 2017

Cleveland Institute of Art glass student, Mark Rubelowsky, turned laser cut plywood into a cast glass masterpiece. Using the think[box] laser cutters, he created a multi-layered wood mold lakeside. He used this mold to make a negative out of rubber, which he then used to cast a wax positive identical to the wooden mold. A plaster and silica mold was built around the wax positive, and the wax was steamed out to empty the mold. Then, Mark filled the plaster mold with glass powder and cullet, and fired the piece.


Mark Rubelowsky -

Wireless Low-Power Low-Cost IMU February 2, 2017

Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) are self-contained systems that measure linear and angular motion, usually with a triad of gyroscopes and triad of accelerometers. IMU's are used in robotics, structural health monitoring, autonomous vehicles, and more. This self-contained IMU prototype uses the MPU9250 sensor package which uses magnetic field and temperature data to compensate for the drift problems typically seen in gyroscopes and accelerometers. Data is packetized by a 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller and transmitted to a desktop computer using the XBee protocol. Compared to commercially-available IMU's, this prototype is low-cost (under $100), low-power (less than 330 mW including the wireless transmitter), and miniature. Research is underway on novel approaches to further minimize sensor drift and improve accuracy.


Yang Yang -

Reflexion Edge January 24, 2017

The Reflexion Edge is a portable, affordable, and fast concussion screening solution. This prototype was displayed at CES 2017 where over 160 news articles and social media posts reported on it. It is capable of monitoring a host of neurocognitive and psychomotor functions including depth perception, peripheral awareness, balance, complex reaction time, and memory. A user stands in front of the device and interacts with light patterns that appears on the device by touching the integrated touch screens. Data is collected during a thirty second trial that is performed weekly. Deviations from a developed trend line are used to spot potential concussions and pull athletes from play. 


Matthew Campagna -

Hedgemon January 19, 2017

Hedgemon, LLC is a biomimicry start-up developing hedgehog-inspired impact protection technology for concussion prevention.


Nathan Swift -

CrystalE - Energy Harvesting Sensor Network January 19, 2017

Description: This innovation in hassle-free building sensor networks will allow facilities to implement HVAC and other sensor networks without the up-front cost of wired sensor networks and yet without the recurring cost of batteries conventionally used in these types of systems. A mechanical energy harvester powers an ASIC sensor, both designed by Dr. Phillip Feng's research group. The information and power is fed to an existing ultra low-power 200 microwatt transmitter. The resulting system is cheaper and longer-lasting than competitive products on the market today.


Xuqian Zheng -
Dr Phillip Feng -
Dr Max Wang -

Hovercraft January 19, 2017

The goal of this design project was to design and build a steerable hovercraft capable of transporting a 200 pound person at speeds of 10 mph or greater.


Calin Solomon -

WES Debit Payment System January 19, 2017

WES is a new debit payment system that lets you pay for purchases in under 3 seconds. Compared with traditional credit card procesing systems, this means as many as ten transactions can be processed in the time it usually takes to process just one. In this system, the balance is stored on the WES card to speed up transaction time by avoiding the need for the vendor's transaction terminal to contact a centralized server. An encryption handshake scheme is used to prevent tampering with account balances.


Roy Chan -

Tubercle Blades for Wind Turbine Efficiency January 19, 2017

Researchers added tubercles to the leading edge of wind turbine blades for a 4.8% increase in lift-to-drag ratio. This increase in performance is expected to translate into increased energy output versus conventional blades. After successful computer simulations, the researchers used the ShopBot CNC table router to machine a fiberglass mold out of machinable wax. These blade prototypes will be tested in a local wind tunnel facility to verify the increased performance seen in simulation.


Jiale Li -

12 Pound Competition Robot January 19, 2017

This 12 pound "hobbyweight" battling robot took first place at the 2016 "Battle at the Parkway" competition at the Franklin Institute Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The robot was designed using an UHMW plastic body machined on the ShopBot CNC table router at think[box].


Michael Connerton -

Trapped! Escape Room November 15, 2016

From Pirate Tavern tables, to bank vaults, to unique gift card holders, think[box] has allowed Trapped! Escape Room to build numerous unique creations. Using the resources within think[box], game designer Geoff Bigler has brought to life a variety of puzzles, prototypes, and props for Cleveland's first escape room. With the help of think[box], Trapped! Escape Room provides unique live, interactive gaming experiences for the community.