MothBot is a biologically-inspired research project to create a robot that mimics the Manduca Sexta hawkmoth. Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicles (FWMAV) are a relatively new branch of robotics currently being explored by the Biorobotics Group. The test stand includes a laser-cut acrylic enclosure to house a microcontroller and control surfaces in addition to a 100-gram micro load cell that measures the lift force generated by the flapping of the polymer wings.
Badar Kayani, a think[box] student worker, shares his projects and builds with others through Badar’s Workshop to encourage hands-on making experiences for everyone. His fun and useful projects include a bike-mounted protein bar holster, a desktop fume extractor for soldering, and a homemade power supply for electronics. Subscribe to Badar’s Workshop on YouTube, Instructables, Instagram, and Facebook to see what he’s making next!
Bayesian Autonomous Broadcasting Sentry (BABS)
This robot is called the Bayesian Autonomous Broadcasting Sentry(BABS) Research Robot Platform. The Medical Robotics and Computer Integrated Surgery (MeRCIS) Robotics lab uses BABS for various research and senior capstone projects. The chassis and other structual components were fabricated in think[box].
Built by Chuanqi Zheng, Yang Lui, John Wylie, and Alan Waterhouse, this Distributed Intelligence and Robotics Laboratory research project allows students to study the algorithms and behaviors of robot collaboration. A specialized glove controller takes in human motion inputs and sends commands to the robots to guide them through the laser cut maze.
Cleveland State University student Xavier Williams designed this 3D printed flexible sensor housing that could be applied to leg prostetics to add a dynamic stabilization element. Pressure sensors applied to the bottom of the foot could provide feedback for actuators in the prosthetic in order to mimic the natural behavior of muscles in the leg in adjusting the foot for an even distribution of weight.
HoldTrak Smart Assistive Walking Aid
The HoldTrak system turns traditional walking devices such as canes, crutches, and walkers into smart walking devices that can alert caregivers to falls and accidents with the help of an Android app. The enclosure for this device was designed to be compatible with most commercially- available walking aids and can be installed in under 15 minutes. Prototyping at think[box] included additive manufacturing, PCB routing and electronics assembly.
3D Printed Circuits
Adam Krajewski, working in the materials science lab of Professor Welsch, uses graphite-infused PLA to explore the possibility of 3D printed circuits. This study involves observing long-term changes in electrical conductivity of additively-manufactured graphite-infused PLA (Polyactic Acid) Plastic. By studying how this material degrades, Krajewski hopes to find possible treatments to improve the durability of 3D printed circuits.
Woody was developed by Xiao Liu, Tao Liu, Daniel Hayosh, and Alexander Brandt for their research in the Distributed Intelligence and Robotics Laboratory. The newest version of another roboric friend, Philos, Woody could soon become a caregiver to those in assisted living conditions, interacting with its owner and providing companionship. The wooden pieces that make up the body and expressive animatronic face were laser cut at think[box].
Jolly Tap Handles
In September 2017 the Jolly Scholar added a brewery to its on-campus restaurant and bar. These custom tap handles celebrate the opening by pouring house brews at the bar. Students cut the aluminum frame pieces on the waterjet and TIG welded them together to form the handle.
Ryan Curry and Anna Krakora created a new and improved set of legs for the Biologically Inspired Robotics Laboratory project, the Compliant-legged Robot for Amphibious Behavior in Surf-zones, or CRABS. Designed to explore areas of beaches that are too dangerous or too small for humans, these 3D printed legs will improve the robot's overall mobility in difficult watery conditions.