LED Festival Jackets
This pair of bluetooth enabled jackets feature more than 600 LEDs apiece and respond dynamically to the proximity of the other jacket in one of four lighting patterns including a rainbow, heartbeat, and an ice/fire motif. Individually addressable APA10C LEDs enable vibrant, shifting colors, while the RFduino uses the strength of the bluetooth signal to rapidly compute what the jacket will look like every 16 milliseconds.
This comic book character costume was carefully crafted using cast off cinema clothing as a basis for the custom pattern. After the original pattern was modified to fit this particular merc with a mouth, the entire jumpsuit was sewn on think[box]’s sewing and embroidery machine.
2017 Mini Baja Competition Vehicle
This 2017 competition vehicle for the Society of Automotive Engineer's (SAE) annual mini-baja competition received a 1st place trophy in Acceleration at the 2017 Midnight Mayhem competition in Louisville, Kentucky. This earned them pole position in the Endurance Race which immediately followed.
NASA Robotic Mining 2017 Competition Robot
CWRUbotix participates in the NASA Robotic Mining Competition (RMC), a yearly robotics competition that encourages the development of innovative robotic mining solutions to support future space missions to Mars and beyond. The team designs and fabricates a new robot each year, building upon lessons learned from past entries. Notably, in 2017 the team developed a method of building stiff but lightweight parts using polymer foam encapsulated in carbon fiber.
Smart Medical Instruments
Prichard Medical is a medical device innovation company that adds orientation data and adaptive lighting to surgical tools. By "upgrading" well-known tools used by physicians to include data from electronic sensors, Prichard Medical is making surgery safer, more precise, and more cost-effective.
Computer Controlled Wet Plate Collodion Camera
This project seeks to create a mechanized version of a vintage camera, in order to prevent over-exposure. According to the makers, “this project sets out to create a 16*20 wet plate collodion camera that allows the artist to composite multiple exposures into one plate using an internal CNC controlled second aperture.” The design of the camera is almost the same as other similar cameras, however, a middle standard, made of a TTL (through-the-lens) metering system and a CNC shutter, has been used. This allows for the selective control of which part of the image is retained, and which parts are saved for future use for exposure.
DBD Plasma Actuator
Electric fields are used in this project to improve aerodynamics on moving vehicles. Traditionally, vehicles such as freight trucks can use up to 65% of their total fuel consumption simply to overcome drag forces seen at highway speeds. Low-pressure zones behind a moving vehicle cause up to 25% of those drag forces, and can be minimized if airstream separation can be prevented. Similar improvements can be made on other aerodynamic forms such as airplane wings. In this project, a high-voltage alternating current is used to produce electric plasma which ionizes the air molecules surrounding a typical airfoil cross-section. The electric field then accelerates the ions in the desired direction so that boundary layer separation is minimized.
Better Block Project
Better Block Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, engages cities in creative placemaking. The booths in this temporary open-air market were created at think[box] using plywood milled on the ShopBot.
Safety Skin Product Display
Safety Skin is a high-visibility reflective spread designed to be directly applied to the skin. Runners, cyclists, and other outdoor athletes concerned about night-time visibility use the product to alert automobile drivers to their presence. This product display was created using layers of laser-cut wood.
MANCAN Wine 6-Pack Boxes
MANCAN Wine is a blended wine packaged in a can instead of the traditional bottle to meet lifestyle needs and lower transportation costs. Product designers with MANCAN Wine used the laser cutters and media area at think[box] to create prototypes of their new 6-pack product packaging.