P17701: ABVI Upcycling: Cotton Insulation


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Goodwill Industries, a mainstay in the second-hand industry, receives thousands of pieces of second-hand garments each year. For various reasons, a significant portion of these clothes can not be re-sold. To get rid of these excess garments, Goodwill currently sells them for pennies on the pound as material to be used for low-tech applications such as rags.

Clearly, the current situation with excess fabrics presents an opportunity for improved utilization of those materials. It was proposed in a previous MSD project that the excess clothing be made into a more valuable product, namely insulation. The intent of the current project is to explore the upcycling of cotton garments to make thermal and/or acoustic insulation. The P17701 project team will research current cotton insulation products and will ultimately attempt to create their own prototype. The team will conduct testing to prove the effectiveness of the product, and will detail the critical steps required to construct the prototype which may eventually used in a manufacturing process housed at Goodwill/ABVI.

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Project Name
ABVI Upcycling: Cotton Insulation
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Faculty Guide
Chris Leibfried
Primary Customer
Joe Kells
Sponsor (financial support): ABVI

Team Members

Team Members(from left to right): Samantha Kon, Denning Crenshaw, Mitchell Goepel, and Lucas Jackling

Team Members(from left to right): Samantha Kon, Denning Crenshaw, Mitchell Goepel, and Lucas Jackling

Member Role Contact
Mitch Goepel Project Manager mrg4743@rit.edu
Luke Jackling Documentation Manager ljj3643@rit.edu
Samantha Kon Technical Advisor jsk3149@rit.edu
Denny Crenshaw Communications Director dbc2124@rit.edu

Table of Contents


Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation