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Development of a DuraPulp packaging demonstrator

Melin, Louise LU (2015) MMK920 20151
Product Development
Abstract
Plastic and paper are well known materials, each and everyone can find it in their homes. Paper made from cellulose has been produced for over hundred years and also plastic is a very well-known material, but still there is not too much to find about a combination of these two materials. The objective of this thesis is to develop a packaging, which highlights the unique properties of the new material DuraPulp, containing cellulose and the polymer PLA (polylactic acid). The unique properties are
obtained when DuraPulp is activated with heat pressing.

The main goal with this project was to demonstrate possibilities with this new
material, when designing a packaging demonstrator. The method used in this project
is the Design Thinking... (More)
Plastic and paper are well known materials, each and everyone can find it in their homes. Paper made from cellulose has been produced for over hundred years and also plastic is a very well-known material, but still there is not too much to find about a combination of these two materials. The objective of this thesis is to develop a packaging, which highlights the unique properties of the new material DuraPulp, containing cellulose and the polymer PLA (polylactic acid). The unique properties are
obtained when DuraPulp is activated with heat pressing.

The main goal with this project was to demonstrate possibilities with this new
material, when designing a packaging demonstrator. The method used in this project
is the Design Thinking process, an iterative method splitting the process into six steps.

To obtain knowledge about the material first pulp and PLA (polylactic acid) was
studied seperately. The material properties and the manufacturing method, wet
moulding and heat pressing was thoroughly studied, at the workshop in Varberg and
interviews was held.

With gained knowledge about the material and the manufacturing method, the market
segment and the target group was defined. With those two segments defined ideation
and prototyping occurred. A package design, which balances; being a demonstrator
highlighting DuraPulp’s properties, testing new technics and challenging the material
as well as appeal brand owners and converters, was developed.

The designed product is a packaging for the on-ear headphone Zinken, from
Urbanears. The packaging is designed to cover the headphone like a second skin, it
will promote and display it in stores, but also protect the headphone after being sold,
as a case. The packaging consist of one part, with a frontside and a backside, with a
specially designed folding and sealing technique for an easy opening and re-closing.
It will be coloured throughout for an ideal match with the headphones. (Less)
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author
Melin, Louise LU
supervisor
organization
course
MMK920 20151
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
DuraPulp, bio-composite, wet moulding and heat pressing, product development, packaging
language
English
id
8046985
date added to LUP
2015-10-07 10:53:35
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  abstract     = {Plastic and paper are well known materials, each and everyone can find it in their homes. Paper made from cellulose has been produced for over hundred years and also plastic is a very well-known material, but still there is not too much to find about a combination of these two materials. The objective of this thesis is to develop a packaging, which highlights the unique properties of the new material DuraPulp, containing cellulose and the polymer PLA (polylactic acid). The unique properties are
obtained when DuraPulp is activated with heat pressing.

The main goal with this project was to demonstrate possibilities with this new
material, when designing a packaging demonstrator. The method used in this project
is the Design Thinking process, an iterative method splitting the process into six steps.

To obtain knowledge about the material first pulp and PLA (polylactic acid) was
studied seperately. The material properties and the manufacturing method, wet
moulding and heat pressing was thoroughly studied, at the workshop in Varberg and
interviews was held.

With gained knowledge about the material and the manufacturing method, the market
segment and the target group was defined. With those two segments defined ideation
and prototyping occurred. A package design, which balances; being a demonstrator
highlighting DuraPulp’s properties, testing new technics and challenging the material
as well as appeal brand owners and converters, was developed.

The designed product is a packaging for the on-ear headphone Zinken, from
Urbanears. The packaging is designed to cover the headphone like a second skin, it
will promote and display it in stores, but also protect the headphone after being sold,
as a case. The packaging consist of one part, with a frontside and a backside, with a
specially designed folding and sealing technique for an easy opening and re-closing.
It will be coloured throughout for an ideal match with the headphones.},
  author       = {Melin, Louise},
  keyword      = {DuraPulp,bio-composite,wet moulding and heat pressing,product development,packaging},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Development of a DuraPulp packaging demonstrator},
  year         = {2015},
}