John Burrow


IMPORTANT: This class has to negotiate a contract of use for the ThinkLab with the ThinkLab Manager. They get “charged” to use certain things in the lab and have to be sent invoices at the end of the week. Contracts will be shared when they come in, but be wary of providing help outside the scope of the project. Stay tuned for more information.

Students are using the ThinkLab to design a better drink holder with the following capabilities:

Threshold (Minimum) Needs

  • Capable of accommodating hot and cold drinks.
  • Capable of carrying a drink up to 16 fluid ounces.
  • For a container without a top can withstand a one inch drop without spilling (i.e.,
    making a mess).
  • Can carry a glass bottle, a plastic bottle, or a styrofoam cup.
  • For an open container can withstand a normal pace of walking without spilling the drink.
  • Flexible usage, i.e., can be used in a car, on a bike, or simply while walking.
  • Is durable and reusable.
  • Safe to use by children and adults.

Objective Needs

  • Capable of carrying a drink up to 32 fluid ounces.
  • For a container without a top can withstand a three inch drop without spilling.
  • Maintains drink temperature for up to thirty minutes.
  • Provides additional uses beyond holding drinks.
  • Carried daily like a bill fold, pocket book or cell phone, e.g., eventually viewed as
    “something you can’t live without”.
  • Is “cool” to have (i’e’, everyone wants one)

Assignment Milestones or Due Dates:

Final projects are due by the last week of classes (April 27th)

Assignment Goals:

Get students prototyping ideas. Introduce students to 3D design and printing. Introduce to other ways of creating.

Assignment URLs:

Tutorial Type(s):

  • 3D Design/Printing
  • 3D Scanning (possibly)
  • Soldering (possibly)

Possible Issues:

  • Must be uniquely different than current products to avoid copy right infringements.
  • Over 50% of the product must reflect collaboration with and work conducted in the ThinkLab.

Example URLs:

Is tutorial required?:

Not for each student, but some students will have to learn skills.


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