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NCAD IN­DUS­TRIAL de­sign stu­dents Boris Kam from Grey­stones and Ethan Grant from Bray were win­ners in the TRACS (Tyre Re­cov­ery Ac­tiv­ity Com­pli­ance Scheme) End of Life Tyre Up-cy­cling Competition.

Their pro­ject Stac is a new process which uses ex­ist­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing equip­ment to cre­ate the build­ing blocks of out­door prod­ucts. It takes crumbed rub­ber mats made from re­cy­cled tyres and ap­plies tem­plates as they're be­ing com­pressed; for­mu­lat­ing any shape suit­able for con­struc­tion of chairs, benches, shel­ters, walls, au­dio proof­ing sur­faces and gen­eral con­struc­tion. Stac doesn't cre­ate a prod­uct, but an in­dus­try. The stu­dent teams were judged on cri­te­ria such as com­mer­cial po­ten­tial for the prod­uct, abil­ity to up-cy­cle large amounts of tyres, the en­ergy used in pro­duc­tion and the po­ten­tial to raise aware­ness of re­cy­cling.

TRACS en­listed the sup­port of the in­dus­trial de­sign depart­ment in NCAD to demon­strate in­no­va­tive de­sign so­lu­tions for the re­use and re­cy­cling of end-of-life tyres, as well as in­creas­ing aware­ness of the pos­si­bil­i­ties and ben­e­fits of tyre re­use and re­cy­cling.

Ethan Grant and Boris Kam, stu­dents of In­dus­trial De­sign at NCAD, run­ners-up in a Na­tional tyre re­cy­cling competition with their pro­ject ‘Stac’.

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