Projects at think[box]


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.


3D Reconstruction of 2D Ophthalmic Ultrasound Images November 9, 2016

Researchers from Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals are working on commercializing a new device that converts two dimensional ophthalmic ultrasound images into three dimensional models. They used think[box] to 3D print components for positioning the device in front of the eye.


Faruk Orge, MD
Richard Helms, PhD -

Switchifi November 9, 2016

Switchifi is a budget DIY device for remotely flipping an existing wall switch on or off as part of the Internet of Things. An Arduino Nano controls a small servo that moves the switch based on instructions issued over wifi from a smartphone with the Blynk app. The components were soldered together in the Electronics Area and the housing was 3D printed on the Makerbots in think[box]. You can find instructions on how to make your own on Instructables.


Badar Jahangir Kayani -

Yellowcake Fashion Visors October 18, 2016

These fashion-forward leather visors were made for the fifth annual Hullabaloo - "A fashion event of fantastically colorful proportions" put on by local contemporary clothing company Yellowcake as a fundraiser for the Cleveland Food Bank. The laser cutter at think[box] made quick work of the garment, rapidly prototyping visors from patterns traditionally cut with hand tools.


Sailboat Sail September 22, 2016

This sailboat sail started as a precut sail cloth kit, but using the sewing machine and other resources at think[box], it was transformed into a fully functional sail in a little over three weeks.


Brandon White -

Novel Wings for Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicle September 21, 2016

FWMAV, or Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicles, are a relatively new branch of robotics. This robotic moth research project has been broken down into the various components and is currently focused on developing highly accurate forewings using biomimicry of the wings and thorax of the Manduca Sexta hawkmoth.


Kenneth Moses -

Jigsaw Puzzle September 19, 2016

These opulent laser-etched jigsaw puzzles are composed of plate glass and incorporate non-traditional interlocking puzzle shapes.


Maia Stern -