Projects at think[box]


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 -

Geometric Installation Art November 26, 2014

This colorful geometric installation was commissioned by Progressive Arts Alliance to reside in the main hall at the Michael R. White School in Cleveland, Ohio. Artist Jared Akerstrom use think[box]'s laser cutter to prototype and produce the thousands of equilateral triangles for the piece. The shapes were also used at a parent/student night to teach elementary schoolers about the platonic solids. The finished mural is 15 ft. tall and comprised of 3,280 triangles joined with staples.


Jared Akerstrom -

RF Shield for MRI Research November 5, 2014

This is an RF shield made for developing custom RF coil arrays for MRI research. The top half of the shield can be easily separated, allowing easy access to the coil array without moving it. The frame of the shield is made of laser cut 1/4" birch, and the shielding surface is made of common 1/16" copper clad FR4. The conducting surface is segmented and stitched with capacitors so that it shields RF fields, but is transparent to audio-frequency magnetic fields.


Michael Twieg -

Laminar Flow Punch Dispenser October 23, 2014

This laminar flow punch dispenser was a special attraction at the 2014 Blue Block party, where President Barbara Snyder announced the launch of renovations of the future home of think[box]. The laminar jet uses technology similar to the dancing fountains found in Las Vegas. 


Xyla Foxlin -
Jevon Montague -
CJ Valle -

Marquee Letters October 20, 2014

These marquee letters were made for a student dormitory. Built from start to finish in just one day, they are constructed from laser cut wood, paper, and strings of lights.


Nathan Kostick -
Joyce Chen -

think[box] Commemorative Medallions October 10, 2014

These vegan dark chocolate medallions were designed and tested for a think[box] special event where TAs take the hot melted chocolate and rapidly cast it into the finished product using super cold liquid nitrogen. The molds were vaccuum formed using 3D printed models and food-grade plastic sheets. The chocolate came from Sweet Designs Chocolatiers, and the liquid nitrogen was provided by Piccadilly Artisan Yogurt.


Benjamin Guengerich -
Raymond Krajci -

Aerodynamic Adhesive October 7, 2014

The dimpled surfaces found on golf balls are known to increase lift and reduce aerodynamic drag of the spinning sphere as it travels through the air. While these effects are well documented in such regimes, the effects of using a dimpled pattern on a spinning bicycle wheel are lesser known. This project investigates the effects of the dimples in the form of an adhesive strip applied to existing smooth-surfaced, deep-section bicycle wheels on the market today.


David Takahashi -