NASA Robotic Mining 2014 Competition Robot
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.
This child-sized Toyota FJ Cruiser was modified to provide improved mobility for a 7-year-old girl living 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.
3D Magnetic Skull Puzzle
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.
Bacteriophage Q-beta Model
This is a 3D printed model of Bacteriophage Q-Beta, a virus that commonly infects E. Coli and it's 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.
Luminance Wearable Technology
The second generation of wearable fashion and technology created by Team Pulse and winner of Best of Show in the 2014 Cleveland Institute of Art In the Dark fashion competition. Luminance improves on the technology of its antecedent, Pulse, by utilizing an accelerometer to capture the model's movement and dynamically translate that data into effects that are either softly shimmering or bold and bright.
Plasma Assisted Fuel Nozzle
This fuel nozzle demonstrates a more efficient way to burn fuel in jet engines. Plasma is used to break apart fuel and air molecules before they are burned, which has the effect of "jump-starting" the combustion reaction, making it safer and more efficient. Promising results were obtained whereby a stable flame was held with 63% less fuel than what is possible with conventional means. This could potentially translate to significant aviation fuel savings.
EMG Detector Learn-To-Solder Kit
This novel low-cost, low-power learn-to-solder kit was inspired by an Ingenuity Festival performance project created by CWRU graduate students Daniel Tan and Nathan Makowski. Undergraduate student Dan Dichek collaborated with Daniel and Nathan to transform the concept into a "Learn to Solder" kit used for K-12 outreach. The device measures the electric signals generated by human muscles and displays them on an LED bar graph. Bird Technologies of Solon, OH contributed to and manufactured the final product. Several prototypes were made with the think[box] PCB router.
SoftWorm II Structure
SoftWorm II is a peristaltically-driven robot using a 3D printed mesh for an external structure. Each truss can rotate freely about a pin and there are four degrees of freedom at every intersection. The robot moves by contracting or expanding actuators along the length to simulate the undulation and movement of an earthworm. Students Hillary Bunnelle, Maria Lorkowski, and Ronald Leibach worked on this research project in the CWRU Biologically Inspired Robotics Laboratory.
Hive Workstation Concepts
The Hive Workstation was designed by Daniel Cuffaro, Chair of the Industrial Design Department at the Cleveland Institute of Art. A prototype made in think[box] during the early phases of design helped project partners visualize the design, which has sold nationwide to higher-education institutions and businesses.
Ecospinners Fuel Cell Bicycle
EcoSpinners is designing an integrated and programmable electric bike with a proprietary fuel cell range extender. The bike’s power pack is a hybrid of advanced lithium-ion polymer battery and liquid-fueled fuel cell. The critical part of the bike design is a low-cost fuel cell, running on non-polluting and recyclable liquid fuel that allows an increase in range without increasing the cost of the power pack.