Think[box] is a maker space located on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. In October 2015, the maker space officially moved into a larger home in the former Lincoln Storage Building located at 11201 Cedar Avenue. Open free to the campus and public, the workshop for innovation and collaboration includes a total seven stories and 50,000 square feet of space for generating ideas to starting a business.
Think[box] currently has 3 floors of their building in use with future expansion to the entire 7 floors. The 2nd floor is set up with collaboration space and co-working space. This area allows makers to work together on projects and share ideas. This type of collaboration is important in maker ecosystems because it allows makers to share their successes or challenges with similar projects. It also allows people at various stages of product creation to collaborate and innovate.
The 3rd floor of the former Lincoln Storage Building is the rapid prototyping floor. This floor contains all of the usual equipment that people generally associate with maker spaces including 3d printers, laser cutters, and a woodshop (refer to the photos below). The woodshop is only accessible to users who have completed training courses and have received an “ability badge.” This is a common practice in many make spaces in order to provide safety to the users.
Rounding out the current configuration of the space is the project space and fabrication space on the 4th floor. A metal shop is located on this floor as well as offices which can be used by start-up businesses. The metal shop is also a controlled access room requiring and “ability badge” to enter and operate the equipment. Future expansion within the building will include incubator space for new businesses.
The new Think[box] is a positive step for Cleveland area makers who can use the facility for free from 9AM to 5PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and from 9AM to 10PM on Tuesday and Thursday.
The Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box] has helped generate more than a dozen patented devices in three years. Faculty and staff leaders will discuss the think[box] at the International Consumer Electronic Show 2016 in Las Vegas Jan 6-9th.
The Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box]—a $35M project, is one of the largest university-based innovation centers in the world.
The parking lot entrace to think[box] is located right after the new Ceder-University RTA station at the bottom of the Ceder-Fairmount hill.
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