Climbing Minier Whegs
Climbing Minier Whegs is a smaller version of the Climbing Mini Whegs project in the CWRU Center for Biologically Inspired Robotics. This is a light (62 gram) wall climbing robot that scales smooth surfaces using a novel adhesive modeled after the surface of a gecko's foot. The robot can easily transition 90 degrees from a horizontal to vertical plane because of its unique wheel-legs.
Pro2Fit Inspiratory Muscle Trainer
Inspiratory Muscle Training, or IMT for short, has been around for decades in the medical and sports environments. Pro2Fit is bringing IMT to the masses with a personal device that pairs with your smartphone to provide a fun and motivating workout. The smartphone app and website makes it easy to share results, see how you are doing relative to people like you, and even compete with others. This product has been used by several NBA, NHL, and NFL teams as well as a handful of universities both for research and athletics purposes.
Ken Price Sculpture Replica
This sculpture, sold at Christie's Fine Art Auction house in New York City, was 3D scanned at Christie's warehouse and replicated in medium density polystyrene. Through a computer modeling technique, the 3D data was sliced into 2D shapes, which were machined on the CNC table router and then glued, sanded, coated, and painted.
This novel and patent-pending design for an inexpensive 3D printed competition-grade yoyo uses a single material, and achieves a high moment of inertia by changing the geometry in ways that would be impossible without 3D printing. The main difference in this design is the internal variable density rings that would be very difficult to do any other way than 3D printing. By maintaining a high fill density and high resolution, the yoyos are rotationally symmetric with high moments of inertia and mass equal to that of a standard competition grade yoyo, while having a net production cost of less than 20 dollars per yoyo, factoring in everything from the string, to the box, to the bearing.
Tridente Beach Paddles
A new line of Tridente Beach Paddles were prototyped in think[box]. Emphasizing handmade quality and simple designs, these beach paddles evoke the designer's endless childhood summers on the sunny beaches of Crete playing "Raketes." This superb line of beach paddles will be an homage to "the official sport of summer."
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.