Reconfigurable Origami Antenna
This radio signal tracking robot incorporates a collapsing planar antenna constructed from a laminate of aluminum foil and paper. When antenna is deployed, the robot will rotate and continuously measure the signal strength of a nearby radio transmitter. When the angular direction of the maximum signal strength is found, the robot will move in that direction a fixed amount and iterate this process to eventually locate the source of the transmitter. Graduate student Chuanqi Zheng built this research robot in Professor Kiju Lee's Distributed Intelligence & Robotics Laboratory.
A team of two undergraduate students, Tom Milyo and Ian Finlay, built this propane-fired steel forge capable of reaching 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. The forge was constructed from a compressed air tank lined with a ceramic wool insulation material called kaowool that was coated in a refractory cement called ITC-100 to protect the wool from structural damage during firing.
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 in the CWRU Biologically Inspired Robotics laboratory. 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.
3D Printed Circuits
Adam Krajewski, working in the materials science lab of Professor Welsch, uses graphite-infused PLA to research a novel approach to 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 researchers in the Distributed Intelligence and Robotics Laboratory. This human interaction robot provides companionship to persons in assisted living facilities.
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.