Tubercle Blades for Wind Turbine Efficiency
Researchers added tubercles to the leading edge of wind turbine blades for a 4.8% increase in lift-to-drag ratio. This increase in performance is expected to translate into increased energy output versus conventional blades. After successful computer simulations, the researchers used the ShopBot CNC table router to machine a fiberglass mold out of machinable wax, which was then used to cast the turbine blades. These prototypes were then tested in a wind tunnel facility to verify the increased performance predicted by the computer simulations.
12 Pound Competition Robot
This 12 pound "hobbyweight" battling robot took first place at the 2016 "Battle at the Parkway" competition at the Franklin Institute Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The robot was designed using an UHMW plastic body machined on the ShopBot CNC table router at think[box].
Trapped! Escape Room
From Pirate Tavern tables to bank vaults, think[box] has allowed Trapped! Escape Room to build numerous unique creations. Using the resources within think[box], game designer Geoff Bigler has brought to life a variety of puzzles, prototypes, and props for Cleveland's first escape room.
3D Reconstruction of 2D Ophthalmic Ultrasound Images
Researchers from Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals are working on commercializing a new device that converts two dimensional ophthalmic ultrasound images into three dimensional models. They used think[box] to 3D print components for positioning the device in front of the eye.
Switchifi is a budget DIY device for remotely flipping an existing wall switch on or off as part of the Internet of Things. An Arduino Nano controls a small servo that moves the switch based on instructions issued over WIFI from a smartphone with the Blynk app.
Glass Jigsaw Puzzle
These opulent laser-etched jigsaw puzzles are composed of plate glass and incorporate non-traditional interlocking puzzle shapes.
iPlayAir USB Audio Gateway
MV Designlabs, a local company founded by two Electrical Engineering and Computer Science alumni of Case Western Reserve University, created the iPlayAir USB Audio Gateway for use in private and commercial airplanes. This device charges up to two mobile Apple devices while simultaneously streaming high quality audio through the airplane's own audio system. The system has been tested to ensure electromagnetic compatibility with flight critical systems such as radios and communications equipment according to the RTCA DO-160G standard. The designers used the thermal camera at think[box] to diagnose and solve an overheating problem they encountered during development.
Quaternary-Encoded Fluorescent Dye Mixture
A novel fluorescent dye mixture is used in drop-cast PMMA (Acrylic) to store encoded data. Two types of dyes are used, one is photochromatic (sensitive to light) and one is thermochromatic (sensitive to heat). Each dye individually makes it possible to encode binary data, and combining them together allows for the encoding of quaternary data.
Chemistry professors Michael Kenney and Emily Pentzer developed this teaching aid to allows an instructor to face a recording device as they write, solving a major problem with online, televised, or streamed courses. Previously the instructors were forced to turn their back on the camera in order to write on the board. With the Light Board, the instructor can now write with perfect ease on a transparent, edge-lit acrylic window with fluorescent markers while facing the camera. A video filter mirrors the image so the writing reads normally and not backwards.
Suzanne Head Artwork
Suzanne Head is a fine artist who incorporates laser cut plywood for her drawing surfaces. Beginning with a series of sketches, she then scans the line work into the computer and traces the outlines to be laser cut out of plywood. Finally she draws on the cut surfaces and assembles the pieces to create her final composition.