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Acoustic Panels

Reuse materials to create high end acoustic (sound cancellation) panels

Photo of Claude Sutterlin
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Acoustic panels are largely made out of foams, rubbers and other sound absorbing materials such as are found in recycled shoes. Acoustic panels are frequently used by people who are passionate about high quality products and the Nike ecosystem: audiophiles and music producers/artists. Although these panels are cheap to make, and the key purchasers will have an attraction to using a product from a premium brand like Nike (and value the novelty of pursuing their passion while surrounded by recycled materials others used to pursue their passion). 

Which Nike Grind materials will your idea utilize?

  • Rubber Outsoles
  • Rubber Granulate
  • EVA Foam Injection Scraps
  • EVA Foam Sheets & Blocks
  • EVA Foam Components
  • Laminated EVA Foam
  • Laminated PU Foam
  • Mixed Footwear Textile

How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?

We think there can be three different variants to this idea from the start. #1 is ABSORB, which is 85% mixed footwear textile, 5% rubber granulate, 5% EVA foam scraps, 5% EVA foam components. This would be designed to be put in walls as "typical" sound insulation in private and public spaces. #2 is AMPLIFY, which is 50% mixed footwear textile, 25% laminated PU foam, 25% foam sheets and blocks. This would be placed as sound absorption and reflection panels, as in an airport or public space. This would absorb low frequency sounds while reflecting higher frequencies. #3 is called REFLECT and is 100% foam cored (EVA and PU), covered (via glue) of rubber granulate. This would be ideal for movie theaters, home theaters, within speakers, or anywhere where you want to shape the audio experience. We would use the prototyping phase to confirm our math is right and the variations work as we intend them to.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

Cinemas/theaters, music producers, musical artists, podcasters, voice actors, gamers, etc.

How is your idea innovative?

It's using recycled materials to produce a high quality version of an existing product with a proven market.

In what city are you located?

Hudson, Ohio

In what country are you located?


What is your legal / organizational structure? (if applicable)

Sole Proprietor


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Photo of Laura Stucki

Hi Claude,
Great idea you've submitted!
I was wondering if you've considered using these panels in other industries than the music one? I'm thinking broader like cinemas, theaters, large venues (exhibitions ones), stations, airports, schools, etc.

What do you think?

Kindly, Laura

Photo of Claude Sutterlin

I love the theater/cinema idea! It would take some market research (for example, how many theaters are built yearly, how frequently do they update their sound insulation, etc) but regardless, it definitely brings in a larger market.

Photo of Josh Ehrenreich

I really like the addition of schools here. School cafeterias can be so noisy and I could imagine that the grind material, when fused together, could create some really interesting patterns that might fit well in that environment. Additionally, this would allow you a range of markets where the importance on 'perfect' sound insulation could vary. Great thoughts Laura and Claude.

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