Projects at think[box]


The Brain Blocks Project March 31, 2016

This 3D print project was adapted from digital brain scans acquired by the Harvard Surgical Planning Laboratory in order to investigate the evolving role of 3D printing technology in medical education. The project will begin fall 2016 at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and will compare the use of models versus traditional learning methods. The goal of the project is to determine if 3D printed brain parts, pieced together by students, will enrich the Neuroanatomy learning experience.


Mark Biro -

Portable Proximity Card Reader March 21, 2016

In an effort to streamline the process of checking students in at large events, Case Western’s Student Affairs IT office has designed and made several hand-held proximity card readers compatible with Case ID’s. This completely in-house design costs less, has a greater capacity, and is significantly faster than the previously used magnetic stripe card readers. These card readers are already in use for events such as the Career Fair and Thwing Study Over.


Kate Kloss -
Joseph Lerchbacker -

Binary Wind Turbine January 27, 2016

This patent-pending innovation in wind turbine technology involves two counter-rotating turbines connected through a novel drive train system. In this drive train, an "off the shelf" alternator is used to generate electricity, with one turbine used in the traditional manner to spin the alternator rotor while the second and counter-rotating turbine is used to spin the alternator stator by spinning the housing of the alternator. Testing data boasts a dramatic 30-35% increase in power output compared to traditional turbine arrangements, and decreases start-up wind speed to as low as 1 meter/second.


Calvin Boyle -

"Team Cleveland" Cybathlon Entry December 30, 2015

Advancements in implants are allowing individuals with paraplegia from spinal cord injuries to pedal recumbent trikes over ground with their otherwise paralyzed legs. This entry to the "Cybathlon" 2016 competition in Zurich, Switzerland utilizes an instrumented recumbent trike that senses crank angle and controls a surgically implanted neural stimulator to activate the appropriate muscles to propel the cycle forward.

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Jaswig December 15, 2015

This locally-made adjustable-height stand-up desk, prototyped in think[box], is being used in homes, offices, and schools around the world. Stand-up desks are shown in educational settings to improve focus and cultivate a dynamic learning environment with improved teacher-student engagement. The company co-founders include Mathias Ellegiers, an alumnus of the CWRU MEM (Master of Engineering and Management) program.


Tyler Schimmoeller -

Edge-lit Mural at Facing History New Tech High November 30, 2015

Progressive Arts Alliance collaborated with Facing History New Tech High to create the LED edge-lit Mural.  The FHNT students selected images and rendered the images using Adobe Photoshop.  The images where then laser etched onto plexiglass and put into edge-lit wooden frames. The frames were made by PAA artist-educator Ben Horvat and Ainsley Buckner at think[box].


Ainsley Buckner -
Ben Horvat -

Krishna Sculpture November 2, 2015

The government of Cambodia returned a sculptural fragment after 3D scans show it fits Cleveland Museum of Art's Krishna. This collaboration between the Cleveland Museum of Art and think[box] involved a multi-day 3D scan of the museum's Krishna sculpture, followed by painstaking work aligning a scan of the fragment with the scan of the sculpture to see if the section in Cambodia belonged to the museum's monumental sixth-century stone carving of Krishna.

Read more here.

Project Members:
Sonya Quintanilla, CMA
Colleen Snyder, CMA
Benjamin Guengerich, think[box]
Marcus Brathwaite, think[box]

Bone Quality Predictor October 19, 2015

PhD Candidate Mustafa Unal in Dr. Akkus' Case Orthopaedic Bioengineering Laboratories won a Baxter Young Investigator award for his work on this Bone Hydration Detector, supported in part by the think[box] Student Project Fund. 

Traditional Raman spectroscopy offers a non-destructive way to measure chemical composition of various biological minerals and compounds, however protein-related background fluorescence makes it difficult to detect water content in biological tissues. A novel improvement to Raman spectroscopy has made it possible to detect water content in bone - and to uniquely measure different bound water components and freely flowing water. This novel measurement of hydration status was then used to predict bone quality.


Mustafa Unal -

Parihug October 14, 2015

Parihug makes electronically-connected teddy bears, that let loved ones hug each other from a distance. Two people can be on different sides of the world, each with their own bear. When one is hugged, a suite of soft, fabric-based sensors detects the hug and transmits a message to the other bear. The receiving bear then hugs its owner with a gentle vibration-- haptic telepresence! The bears allow loved ones to connect with each other when they physically cannot be together, and brings the humanity back into technological connection.

The sensor suite was made from scratch, with each sensor being developed to be soft as to not compromise the huggability of the toy, rather than stock metal sensors. They are comprised mainly of a material called velostat, a pressure sensitive conductive sheet made of polymeric foil impregnated with carbon black.

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Xyla Foxlin -
Harshita Gupta


Lexus Heartbeat Car September 16, 2015

Using electronics prototyped in think[box], this Lexus car uses Lumilor electroluminescent paint to turn the heartbeat of the driver into a light show.