Projects at think[box]

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Minier Whegs July 21, 2014

The Climbing Minier Whegs is a smaller version of the Bio-Robotics Climbing Mini Whegs. This is a light (62g) wall climbing robot that scales smooth surfaces using a novel adhesive modeled after the surface of a gecko's foot. The robot can easily transition 90 degrees from a horizontal to vertical plane because of its unique wheel-legs. The orange plastic pieces in the photograph were 3D-printed on a MakerBot 2 Replicator in think[box].


William Breckwoldt -

Pro2Fit Inspiratory Muscle Trainer July 16, 2014

Inspiratory Muscle Training, or IMT for short, has been around for decades in the medical and sports environments. Pro2Fit is bringing IMT to the masses with a personal device that pairs with your smartphone which provides a fun and highly motivating workout. The smartphone app and website makes it easy to share results, see how you are doing relative to people like you and even compete with others. Early prototypes, made partly in think[box], are in use on several NBA, NHL, and NFL teams as well as a handful of universities for both research and athletics.


Ken Price Sculpture Replica July 16, 2014

This sculpture, sold at Christie's Fine Art Auction house in New York City, was 3D scanned at Christie's warehouse and replicated in medium density polystyrene. Using "123D Make" software, the sculpture scan was sliced into 2D shapes, which were machined on the ShopBot and then glued, sanded, coated, and painted.


Zachariah Durr -

Doppler Yoyo July 9, 2014

This novel and patent-pending design for an inexpensive 3D printed competition-grade yoyo uses a single material, and achieves a high moment of inertia by changing the geometry in ways that would be impossible without 3D printing. The main difference in this design is the internal variable density rings that would be very difficult to do any other way than 3D printing. By maintaining a high fill density and high resolution, the yoyos are rotationally symmetric with high moments of inertia and mass equal to that of a standard competition grade yoyo, while having a net production cost of less than 20 dollars per yoyo, factoring in everything from the string, to the box, to the bearing.


Zach Lerner -
Vince Cozza -

LumenEd June 16, 2014

LumenEd is a non-profit organization dedicated to overcoming infrastructural barriers to quality education in the developing world. LumenEd empowers students, teachers, and schools by providing access to digital resources through an integrated projector, PC, and video camera. This multimedia platform can run independently off of solar-charged batteries and doesn't require an internet connection. The casing was lasercut in think[box], and the entire assembly is simple and rugged enough to be used by anyone, anywhere.


Tridente Beach Paddles June 16, 2014

A new line of Tridente Beach Paddles are being prototyped in think[box]. Emphasizing handmade quality and simple designs, these beach paddles evoke endless childhood summers on the sunny beaches of Crete playing "Raketes." This superb line of beach paddles will be an homage to "the official sport of summer."


NASA Robotic Mining Competition June 9, 2014

The CWRU Robotics Club designed and built this mining robot to compete in the 2014 NASA Robotic Mining Competition in Florida. This untethered robot collected several kilograms of Mars-like soil using a rotating array of scoops.

Kayla Andersen -
Calin Solomon -


Elsie's Car May 27, 2014

This is a modified child-sized Toyota FJ Cruiser, re-designed and re-built to provide improved mobility for a local 7-year-old girl who lives with cerebral palsy. Due to her condition, she suffers from partial paralysis on the left side of her body and is unable to walk unassisted. The design team focused on making the vehicle easier to operate and more ergonomic, which included a fully-supportive seat, more tactile controls, and increased legroom. The think[box] Student Project Fund provided funding for the project, and modifications primarily took place in think[box] and the Bingham Machine Shop.

Watch Video: Restoring the Gift of Mobility

Fynn McPherson -


3D Magnetic Skull Puzzle May 12, 2014

This 3D printed skull puzzle was created for the human evolution exhibit at the Cleveland Natural History Museum. Kids especially enjoyed playing with the piece! The installation simulates what it would be like to find a specimen in the field (as they are rarely found in one piece) and educates people about the structure of the skull. Magnets embedded in the nine different pieces of plastic allow the skull to be reassembled without difficulty. 

Derrick Nau -

Bacteriophage Q-beta Model May 6, 2014

This is a 3D printed model of Bacteriophage Q-Beta, a virus that commonly infects E. coli. This printed model is about 2 million times larger than the actual virus! Asst. Prof. Jon Pokorski, in the department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, used this virus in his postdoctoral research as a platform for drug delivery and biomedical imaging.

Jack Edelbrock -
Kerry Martenis -
Stacy Yeh -