P19433: Plastic Bottle Chip Melter
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An upcycled bottle chip melter is a device that melts high-density polyethylene (HDPE) chips from recycled bottles and converts the chips into a new shape. The current melter has several undesired attributes including inconsistent distribution of heat, and issues with mold alignment and quality.

The goal is to modify the current prototype to produce 6” x 6” plastic sheets from the chips for new products, while being ergonomically safe and small scale. The resulting design and prototype must be able to be run by a small business with low startup costs. With the success of this project will come a user friendly, cost effective, and eco-friendly device that will create a cleaner environment and stimulation of the local economy in El Sauce, Nicaragua.

An updated project description is available here: Project Readiness Package

Project Sponsors:
Enlace Project
4 Walls Project Rochester
Project Name
Upcycled Plastic Bottle Chip Melter
Project Number
P19433
Project Family
Sustainable Technologies for the Global Marketplace
Start Term
2181
End Term
2185
Faculty Guide
Harold Paschal, hapddm@rit.edu
Primary Customer
Enlace Project, Four Walls Project Rochester
Sponsor (financial support)
MSD
Supplemental funding provided by a gift from Harris Corporation

Team Members

From left to right: John Ackerman, Nicklaus Dahl, Deryck Velasquez, Shannon Lamasko, Rachel Becker, Josephine Keenan

From left to right: John Ackerman, Nicklaus Dahl, Deryck Velasquez, Shannon Lamasko, Rachel Becker, Josephine Keenan

Member Role Contact
John Ackerman Lead Mechanical Engineer jxa6346@rit.edu
Rachel Becker Project Manager reb4128@rit.edu
Nicklaus Dahl Lead Electrical Engineer nxd6495@rit.edu
Josephine Keenan Edge Lead jxk6533@rit.edu
Shannon Lamasko Communicator sxl3488@rit.edu
Deryck Velasquez Facilitator/Purchasing Lead dxv5731@rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase

MSD I & II MSD I MSD II

Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

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Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)

Work Breakdown: By Topic

Project Management Design Tools Design Documentation Implementation Validation Presentation & Dissemination

PRP

Customer Requirements

Engineering Requirements

Schedule

Budget

Risk Management

Communication & Minutes

Use Case 1

Use Case 2

Benchmarking

Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Concept Selection

BOM

Mechanical Model

Drawing Package

Electrical Schematic

Operation Manual

Operation Video

Manufacturing and Assembly Instructions

Safety Precautions

Recommendation

Requirements vs. Performance

Project Photos and Videos

Test Plans

Test Results

Technical Paper

Poster

Imagine RIT

Acknowledgements

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