P17702: ABVI Upcycling: Synthetic Fibers/public/
Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo
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Continued Material Testing
- After the second round of sorting at goodwill, it became apparent that there were many stuffed items like blankets and pillows that may be able to be recycled. Research into stuffing showed that most is made of pure polyester, just processed differently than clothing.
- The above sample was purchased for testing.
- The polyfil in it's unchanged form. The material is very compressible but springs back to it's original volume when allowed.
- First round of testing. The material was placed in an oven to be melted. The material has a high melting point so the only area that reached optimal temperature was near the heating element. There it became too hot and burned the plastic after melting it.
- Another sample taken from the over
- Using the heat gun seemed to create better results of melting without burning. The convection and force of the heat gun pushed the fibers together as they melted to create a more solid mass. A video of the melting can be found here.
Branding and Graphic Design
- Designer Mimi Ace has been working with the industrial designers to create a branding and logo for our project. All three products have been given a name and logo to represent their usage and the philosophy behind our project and Goodwill.
- Peat represents the floor tiles, Steppe represents the modular wall dividers, and Mist represents the cascading wall panels.
Manufacturing Flow Charts
- The costing tool from senior design team P16702 was used to produce the graphs below. The benefits for the Steppe and Peat product are seen in the first graph and the Mist product is seen in the second graph.
- Polyester is the limiting factor when manufacturing “Steppe” or “Peat”.
- Extra cotton can be used to manufacture “Mist”.
- Recommendation is to produce more “Steppe” and “Peat” than “Mist”, since it will provide the most profit.
- Teams P17701 and P17702 were invited to present at the CREATE Symposium sponsored by NYSID(New York State Industries for the Disabled) in Albany, NY on April 26th.
- NYSID is a not-for-profit membership organization with a 40-year mission of creating jobs for New Yorkers with disabilities. We were invited because our project benefits ABVI and in turn people with disabilities.
- From left to right: P17701 Guide Chris Leibfried, Lucas Jackling, Mitch Goepel, Erin Podhaisky, Catheryn McCarthy, Corey King, Valeria Villa, Pauline Dziama, P17702 Guide Sarah Brownell.
Plans for Next Phase
- To view our plan for next phase in document form click here.