And the five PROJECT PLASTIC 2020 finalists are...

The deadline for this year's PROJECT PLASTIC-competition has passed, and the finalists have been selected. They will pitch their projects on Plastic Engineering Day - online conference for students on October 29. Read about the final contestants here.

We have received some incredibly good and innovative projects. Therefore, it was not an easy task to select the five who have advanced to the finals, which will take place on Plastic Engineering Day – online conference on October 29 from 12-16.

The five finale projects:
  • ‘Computer vision-based auto-calibration system for Direct Light Processing printers’

    By: Mikkel Hansen and Aqqaluk Hans Sydel Møller, Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark.

    Using methods inspired by photography, a system for automatic calibration of the Direct Light Processing (DLP) printer is proposed. Using this method, parts requiring tight tolerances like injection molds can be printed.

  • ‘SORT-ER, Fulfilment of selected sustainable development goals in the plastic industry -finding a viable solution’

    By: Ann-Christin Kessler and Oliver Meier Stenger, Product Development and Innovation, University of Southern Denmark.

    The SORT-ER concept provides a solution to detect and sort the most common HHW polymers. The innovation focus has been the optimization of the current polymer sorting mechanism. The developed roller concept enables sorting of more than two plastic types simultaneously, avoiding iterative cycles or expensive additional sorting setups. The SORT-ER concept combines the innovation on the sorting mechanism with an already existing technology for detecting black plastics, MWIR scanning.

  • The handling and recycling of plastic waste in the rural areas of India’

    By: Sofie Stewart-Vaz Wallin and Victoria Margrethe Fabricius Grut, Design and Innovation, Technical University of Denmark

    The final product presented in this project is a tile with multiple functions, made out of soft plastic waste. It can be used for roofs, facades, and pavements. This flexibility allows for inclusivity and gives villages the convenience of choosing the function that is most beneficial to them. The solution is intended to be generic, as it allows for implementation in various communities, and therefore provides the potential to create a significant change.

  • ’RackBox – Transportation of TVs for service’

    By: Thien Quang Tran and Anton Malmkjær Møller, Industrial Design, Aalborg University.

    RackBox helps electronics companies such as Elgiganten, POWER, and Bilka and their warehouse employees by reducing the use of disposable plastics and the need for harmful working positions. RackBox provides a holistic solution for electronic retail stores, strengthening their green profiles, improving the work environment, and cutting down the expenses for single-use packaging, and finally reducing the carbon footprint.

  • ’Genanvendelse som forandringsskaber – upcycling af plastik i flygtningelejr’

    By: Daniel Lilja Frykman, Nanna Nielsen and Marlene Schmidt Pedersen, Institut for Mechanical Technology, Technical University of Denmark.

    This project provides a proposal for the implementation of a plastic recycling production unit in Kyangwali Refugee Camp in Uganda. The concept consists of a production system design, considering every step in the waste-to-product process, and a product portfolio. The products will substitute scarce raw materials and support the refugees in entrepreneurial business that can benefit the economically and socially aspects of the camp.

Read more about the five PROJECT PLASTIC finlists here:

‘Computer vision-based auto-calibration system for Direct Light Processing printers'
Link to ‘Computer vision-based auto-calibration system for Direct Light Processing printers’
‘SORT-ER, Fulfilment of selected sustainable development goals in the plastic industry -finding a viable solution’
Link to ‘SORT-ER: Fulfilment of selected sustainable development goals in the plastic industry – finding a viable solution’
The handling and recycling of plastic waste in the rural areas of India
Link to The handling and recycling of plastic waste in the rural areas of India’
'Genanvendelse som forandringsskaber – upcycling af plastik i flygtningelejr'
Link to ‘Genanvendelse som forandringsskaber – upcycling af plastik i flygtningelejr’
RackBox - Transporting TVs for service
Link to PROJECT PLASTIC 2020 finalist: ‘RackBox – Transporting TVs for service’