Epigraphic Squeeze Models from Photgrammerty
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.
Living Wall System
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]
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.
CAN Kong and Terminal Tower
CANstruction, Inc. is a non-profit organization that holds annual design and build competitions to benefit local food banks. The sculpture consists of approximately 6,000 tuna cans wrapped in black trash bags and trace paper in the form of CAN Kong and Terminal Tower. The team cut the pieces stabilizing the sculpture on the ShopBot.
Intubot is a novel robotic intubation device that deploys an endotracheal tube between a patient’s vocal cords to protect and ventilate the lungs during a respiratory failure or distress. Intubation is one of the most common procedures performed worldwide in emergency departments but requires a high level of skill. Doctors will also experience difficulties during the procedure such as short necks, arthritic spines, etc. These issues motivated Ph.D. student Xiangyi Cheng to design a device that facilitated the procedure. The automation of this complicated procedure signifies another step towards improving medical practices by obtaining higher accuracy and efficiency.
Dynamic Rocket Stability Control Module
Vincent Cozza, Benjamin Fruitman and Richard Offhaus created this simple, lightweight and dynamic 3D printed rocket active stabilization system. Their design uses cheaper components and materials making it easier to produce than current stabilizers on the market, which in turn gives novice rocketeers access to rocket stabilization technology. Onboard electronics track a variety of environmental inputs and guide the rocket along the correct path.
Perceiving Art Through Sculpture Models
The Perceiving Arts Through Sculpture (PATS) program helps visually impaired people interact with art and illustration. Leslie Humez, a sculptor, works with other artists to create these representations of 2D illustrations in sculpture in her studio and 3D printed prototype models at think[box]. PATS not only opens up museums to people who are visually impaired but also improves the experiences of sighted people with hands-on, interactive exhibits.
Next Generation MRI
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) creates anatomical images by detecting magnetization in the human body. Prior to being detected, the magnetization must be "excited," which is typically done by applying a powerful radio-frequency magnetic field, referred to as the RF transmit field. However, the RF transmit field is potentially harmful to certain patients, especially those with implanted devices. By separating the RF transmit system into an array of smaller antennas and amplifiers working in parallel, the hazard is reduced, making it possible for millions of patients with implants to benefit from high field MRI.
The Read Read
The Read Read device assists in braille and phonics learning. Designed and built by Alex Tavares, the Read Read consists of tiles with raised braille and phonic letters that also contain a playable audio track. Each individual tile can be pressed to play the audio representation of that letter and the tiles can be positioned on a conductive grid to form words. This device allows blind or visually impaired individuals to easily and independently learn to read without the need of a personal tutor.
The Alula phone case conveniently stores and dispenses daily birth control pills. Missed doses can reduce birth control’s effectiveness by as much as 8% per day so Alula’s phone application and case tracks the pills and reminds the owner to take their pills at optimal times.