Success Stories


  Switchifi is a budget DIY device for remotely flipping an existing wall switch on or off as part of the Internet of Things. An Arduino Nano controls a small servo that moves the switch based on instructions issued over wifi from a smartphone with the Blynk app. The components were soldered together in the Electronics Area and the housing was 3D printed on the Makerbots in think[box]. You can find instructions on how to make your own on Instructables.
Badar Jahangir Kayan ,

Yellowcake Fashion Visors

These fashion-forward leather visors were made for the fifth annual Hullabaloo - "A fashion event of fantastically colorful proportions" put on by local contemporary clothing company Yellowcake as a fundraiser for the Cleveland Food Bank. The laser cutter at think[box] made quick work of the garment, rapidly prototyping visors from patterns traditionally cut with hand tools.

Sailboat Sail

  This sailboat sail started as a precut sail cloth kit, but using the sewing machine and other resources at think[box], it was transformed into a fully functional sail in a little over three weeks.
Brandon White ,

Novel Wings for Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicle

FWMAV, or Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicles, are a relatively new branch of robotics. This robotic moth research project has been broken down into the various components and is currently focused on developing highly accurate forewings using biomimicry of the wings and thorax of the Manduca Sexta hawkmoth.
Kenneth Moses,

Jigsaw Puzzle

These opulent laser-etched jigsaw puzzles are composed of plate glass and incorporate non-traditional interlocking puzzle shapes.
Maia Stern,

iPlayAir USB Audio Gateway

  MV Designlabs, a local company founded by two Electrical Engineering and Computer Science alumni of Case Western Reserve University, created the iPlayAir USB Audio Gateway. The iPlayAir USB Audio Gateway charges up to two mobile Apple devices while simultaneously streaming high quality audio through the airplane's own audio system. The iPlayAir USB Audio Gateway has been tested to ensure electromagnetic compatibility with flight critical systems such as radios and communications equipment to the RTCA DO-160G standard. The designers used the think[box] thermal camera to diagnose an overheating problem they encountered during development.

Quaternary-Encoded Fluorescent Dye Mixture

A novel heat-sensitive fluorescent dye mixture is used in drop-cast PMMA (Acrylic) to store encoded data. Two types of dyes are used, one is photochromatic (sensitive to light) and one is thermochromatic (sensitive to heat). Each dye individually makes it possible to encode binary data, but by mixing them together it is possible to encode quaternary data.
Peiran Wei,
Emily Pentzer,
Bowen Li,

Light Board

  This teaching aid project allows an instructor to face a recording device as they write, solving a major problem with online, televised, or streamed courses. Previously the instructors were forced to turn their back on the camera in order to write on the board. With the Light Board the instructor can now write with perfect ease on a transparent, edge-lit acrylic window with fluorescent markers while facing the camera. A video filter mirrors the image so the writing reads normally and not backwards. Chemistry professors Michael Kenney and Emily Pentzer developed the concept and used think[box] to 3D print the clips that hold the LED lights to the edge of the acrylic.
Micheal Kenney,
Emily Pentzer ,

Solar Powered Charging Table

Two Great Lakes Energy Institute ThinkEnergy students designed this solar powered picnic table to add an mobile device charging station to the Case Western Reserve University university campus.
Jason Pickering,
Gabrielle Zadina,

Suzanne Head Artwork

  Suzanne Head is a fine artist who incorporates laser cut plywood for her drawing surfaces. First, she executes a series of sketches, then scans the final line work into the computer and traces the outlines onto an Adobe Illustrator file for the laser cutter to communicate with. Finally, she laser cuts those shapes onto plywood, draws on the cut surfaces, and assembles the pieces to create her final composition. She uses this same method with cutting paper as well and sometimes incorporates both surfaces into one piece.