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AN EXPLORATION OF LEATHER

Strand, Jacob and Johansson Möller, Bo (2014) In Diploma work IDEL01 20141
Industrial Design
Abstract (Swedish)
Leather is a material long used by humans and has found it’s way into
many areas of our lives and homes. The project began with the intent
to learn more about this material and investigate the techniques used
today in the making of leather products. The first part consisted of
several weeks of research, where it became apparent that leather
is a material burdened by a dirty, environmentally unfriendly
manufacturing process, in addition to demanding large amounts of
resources used by the cattle breeding industry.

To reduce the environmental impact, only vegetable tanned, high
quality leather was used during the project. A series of experiments
were made investigating different treatment methods of leather,
ranging from beeswax... (More)
Leather is a material long used by humans and has found it’s way into
many areas of our lives and homes. The project began with the intent
to learn more about this material and investigate the techniques used
today in the making of leather products. The first part consisted of
several weeks of research, where it became apparent that leather
is a material burdened by a dirty, environmentally unfriendly
manufacturing process, in addition to demanding large amounts of
resources used by the cattle breeding industry.

To reduce the environmental impact, only vegetable tanned, high
quality leather was used during the project. A series of experiments
were made investigating different treatment methods of leather,
ranging from beeswax immersion to leather scraps patterns. Initially
the project was a joint process, but after the experiment phase it wasdecided to do two separate products.

The first product is an electric selective hardening tool. Taking
inspiration from the old techniques of shaping leather by immersing
it in boiling water or wax, a tool for achieving the hardening locally instead of globally in the part was developed. As far as the research
in the subject concluded, hardening leather with help of electric
current is previously unheard of. The result was a working prototype
able to achieve the desired result in leather pieces, supplemented by
visualizations of a more developed tool aimed at leather craftsmen
and advanced hobbyists.
The second product is a concept of how cultivated leather could be
used in modern products and manufacturing. Cultivated leather
is an emerging technology using skin cells from a donor animal
that are grown in bioreactors, eliminating the need to kill animals.
In addition it could be possible to make the leather into a volume
material instead of a sheet material, allowing new ways of working
with leather. In this project this technology is represented by a pair
of over-ear headphones, incorporating many of these new features. (Less)
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Strand, Jacob and Johansson Möller, Bo
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IDEL01 20141
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Diploma work
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ISRN: LUT-DVIDE/ EX--14/50240—SE
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English
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4612438
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2014-08-29 15:33:34
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  abstract     = {Leather is a material long used by humans and has found it’s way into
many areas of our lives and homes. The project began with the intent
to learn more about this material and investigate the techniques used
today in the making of leather products. The first part consisted of
several weeks of research, where it became apparent that leather
is a material burdened by a dirty, environmentally unfriendly
manufacturing process, in addition to demanding large amounts of
resources used by the cattle breeding industry.

To reduce the environmental impact, only vegetable tanned, high
quality leather was used during the project. A series of experiments
were made investigating different treatment methods of leather,
ranging from beeswax immersion to leather scraps patterns. Initially
the project was a joint process, but after the experiment phase it wasdecided to do two separate products.

The first product is an electric selective hardening tool. Taking
inspiration from the old techniques of shaping leather by immersing
it in boiling water or wax, a tool for achieving the hardening locally instead of globally in the part was developed. As far as the research
in the subject concluded, hardening leather with help of electric
current is previously unheard of. The result was a working prototype
able to achieve the desired result in leather pieces, supplemented by
visualizations of a more developed tool aimed at leather craftsmen
and advanced hobbyists.
The second product is a concept of how cultivated leather could be
used in modern products and manufacturing. Cultivated leather
is an emerging technology using skin cells from a donor animal
that are grown in bioreactors, eliminating the need to kill animals.
In addition it could be possible to make the leather into a volume
material instead of a sheet material, allowing new ways of working
with leather. In this project this technology is represented by a pair
of over-ear headphones, incorporating many of these new features.},
  author       = {Strand, Jacob and Johansson Möller, Bo},
  issn         = {ISRN},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Diploma work},
  title        = {AN EXPLORATION OF LEATHER},
  year         = {2014},
}