Invisible Dental Aligners

Three sets of black plastic teeth sit on a 3d print build plate.
Students at the CWRU School of Dental Medicine utilize 3D scanning and printing technology in order produce these models which are used to create invisible aligners in a thermoforming process. Invisible aligners are less invasive, more comfortable, and more aesthetically pleasing than traditional dental braces.
Tarek ElShebiny,
Juan Palomo,
Mark Hans,

Rowing Prosthetic

A high school student is rowing in an above ground water pool. His right hand is a red prosthetic.
Students at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District's School of One at The Foundry took it upon themselves to build a hand prosthetic for one of their classmates so he could row racing shells with them. The mechanical stress put on a rowing athlete meant the prosthetic needed to be durable. These students produced many functional prototypes over a span of a few weeks, and continued to iterate on their design even after the program at think[box] ended.

Computed Tomography Anthropomorphic Phantom

A cross section of a white shell in the shape of a human torso is lying on it's side so the inside of the cavity is visible. A transparent plastic cover is held on with screws.
Researchers in the Biomedical Imaging Laboratory at CWRU created this phantom to test Computed Tomography (CT) machines. The phantom simulates the human body so the researchers can calibrate the machine and study a phenomenon called beam hardening. Beam hardening causes the edges of a material to appear "brighter" which can lead to misdiagnoses in patients. By researching beam hardening, these researchers are developing a method to correct the results of a scan and ensure better outcomes for patients.
David L. Wilson,

Biaxial Stretcher

A shiny metal plane with many long arms that stretch from the edges to a small square in the center. A handle at the top pulls all the arms, stretching a sample in all directions at once.
Imre Treufeld, a polymers researcher at CWRU, designed and built this bench-top biaxial stretcher as  part of his post-doctoral work. This device will be used to study effects of stretching on the dielectric properties of polypropylene which is used in capacitors for electronics. Imre's research has found that simultaneous stretching in two directions imparts the film with the most desirable qualities and may lead to more durable and effective electronic components in the future. By building this device from scratch, Imre saved his lab as much as half a million dollars.
Imre Treufeld,


 a metal tree is filled with LEDs and as a child breathes into a panel attached to the side, the LEDs light up more
Steven Gutierez, a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Art, demonstrates our symbiotic relationship with plants and trees through interactive art. This welded metal sculpture uses LEDs to visualize photsynthesis. Sensors embedded in the tree sense carbon dioxide so that as observers breathe onto the tree the lights react as they "process" the breath back into oxygen.
Steven Gutierez,


A pregnant woman holding a phone is wearing mbrio prenatal headphone adapters on her waistband.
These patented prenatal headphone adapters allow mothers to enjoy music with their babies. Medical grade silicone dampens the sound to safe levels to protect the baby's hearing while plastic clips attach easily to the waistband. Access to the think[box] PolyJet 3D Printing Services accelerated Mbrio's design for manufacturing, producing more prototypes in less time and for less money.

Scrabble Board

rotating scrabble board with multicolored tiles. The words "think[box]", "Case", and "Sears" are all tiled on the board and Vondruska is etched along the top
Brian Vondruska engineered his own rotating Scrabble board so that everyone in his games club can play the game right-side up.

Epigraphic Squeeze Models from Photgrammerty

A 3D printed block of a rocky surface with a rendering of the letter 'F' in a graffiti font.
Andrew Mancuso, preservation officer at Kelvin Smith Library, used a process called photogrammetry to create 3D models of historical Cleveland graffiti near Doan Brook. He brought the models to think[box] to 3D print the models out for a hands-on element to include in his research presentation.
Andrew Mancuso,

Living Wall System

two wooden leaning structures with angled segments on either side with red-orange tiles on one and rock tiles on the other
The Living Wall System (LIWAS) brings bio-utilization and biomimicry together. The clay panels mimic the shape of leaves to help cool buildings and conserve energy by dissipating water vapor quickly. The foam models for the plaster molds were made with the ShopBot at think[box]

Custom Longboard

Side by side pictures of the top and bottom of a longboard deck with one side having grip tape and the other having a wavy engraving on it.
Alex Blake designed and built this custom longboard from scratch. He modeled the boards with SolidWorks before machining the mold with the shopbot to achieve curved surfaces.  Laminated bamboo and fiberglass was pressed the deck into the molds to achieve a smooth organic shape. Grip tape cut into custom shapes on the laser cutter finished the deck.
Alex Blake,