Projects at think[box]

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Frostbites Cafe March 26, 2015

Frostbites Cafe pop-up restaurant was an experiment in modular dwelling construction for difficult terrain. Hollow plywood arches were fabricated using the ShopBot, and a novel scheme was employed to attach a canvas covering. Thanks to a permit through the Cleveland Metroparks, this structure was installed 1/4 mile north of Edgewater Beach Park, on Lake Erie ice measuring 24 inches thick. A large team of 52 volunteers worked to build the structure and put on the event, which included free food and drink from the purveyors of The Root Cafe and Now That's Class. Over 400 visitors enjoyed Frostbites Cafe during the one-day installation on March 8 of 2015.


Ian Charnas -
Marcus Brathwaite -

Apollo Medical Devices March 16, 2015

Apollo Medical Devices is developing a rapid, low-cost, accurate blood analysis system that requires only a single drop of blood. Weighing less than a pound, the device is highly portable and enables use in the developing world, disaster relief, and other areas where blood testing and analysis was previously infeasible. Learn more about Apollo here.

Punkaj Ahuja -

Cleanmate March 9, 2015

Clean Mate is a hybrid walker, folding seat, and caddy for cleaning products. Clean Mate enables a person with limited physical capabilities to perform household duties more easily. It supports mobility as the user pushes it, provides a seat for resting while cleaning and provides organized supplies storage. Clean Mate assists elderly users who feel dependent on others for home cleaning. The convenient portable caddy can benefit users of all ages who sit or stand while cleaning and it folds for storage. Won second place in the 2015 IHA International Student Design Competition in Chicago.

Geemay Chia -

HackCWRU 2015 February 11, 2015

Thirty six straight hours of design, code, caffeine, taking on new challenges, and innovating - that's what hundreds of hackers of all ages and skill levels signed up for at HackCWRU 2015. At the end of the weekend, twenty four projects were presented ranging from a virtual reality pancake simulator to the built-from-scratch induction heater shown here. Using think[box], attendees were able to hack hardware as well as software, giving HackCWRU a unique twist on the usual hackathon.

Katherine Cass -

Everykey February 2, 2015

The Everykey wristband stores login information and unlocks mobile devices automatically, eliminating the need for complicated passwords and cumbersome keys. When the AES 128-bit encrypted wristband moves out of range, security mechanisms are re-enabled and accounts are logged out automatically to keep information secure. This Cleveland area company began as a CWRU class project in 2012, ran a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2014, and now employs over 25 people.

Chris Wentz -
Craig Lewis -

Museum of Contemporary Art Furniture January 28, 2015

This completely functional artistic seating piece with power outlets and dry-erase work space was installed at MOCA, Cleveland's Museum of Contemporary Art, and designed by Cleveland Institute of Art industrial design students. The large clear geometrical shapes were cut from thick polycarbonate sheets on the ShopBot.

Katelyn Petronick -

3D Fossil Model January 27, 2015

This 13 million-year-old fossil may come from an extinct species of turtle named Stupendemys that had a shell up to 6 feet long! CWRU faculty Darin Croft used think[box]'s industrial scanner to create a high quality file for his research into the climate and habitat of southern Bolivia at that time. This 3D model will be sent to a turtle expert to determine whether the bones belong to Stupendemys or to some other type of turtle. The answer will provide valuable clues about the ancient environment and elevation of this site, which is now more than 11,000' above sea level.

Darin Croft -

GreenLite Technology December 19, 2014

This prototype of an ultra affordable, human powered phone charger has won over $85,000 from the Spartan Challenge and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's P3 Grant Competition. It allows the user to non-strenuously charge a phone while leaving both hands free do do other tasks. Design is aimed towards users in countries lacking infrastructure and those not on the electrical grid.


Sam Crisanti -
Ian Ferre -

Proposal Box December 4, 2014

This elaborate proposal box has been made from a rich history. The wood used to fashion this box came from a piano, ammunition box, hockey stick, fishing rule, and watchmaker's bench - all of which were over 100 years old and owned by the (now) fiancee's great-grandparents. The fabric came from her parents' wedding. A wooden key is used to turn a set of 3D printed bevel gears and open a wooden iris to reveal the ring.


David Chrzanowski -

MantisBot December 4, 2014

This M.S. thesis project mimics the mechanics of a praying mantis. The green skeleton was 3D printed, while the control electronics was assembled and mounted on a laser cut acrylic board - all of which were protoyped or manufactured in think[box].


David Chrzanowski -