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A prosumer store where you learn how to create, recycle and recreate personalised furniture using Nike Grind materials.

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Nike Grind Lab is a new digital fabrication laboratory project inspired by the values of the Fab Lab and the Fab City concept. The Fab Lab is "a place where you can create almost anything".

Nike Grind Lab is both a retail and educational space that is separated in 3 areas : the design room, the material room and the fabrication & recycling room. The design room is where the furniture is conceptualized and modelled in 3D. Customers have the possibility of choosing a design from Nike Grind Lab´s online library or designing their own from scratch. Customer-designs are checked and approved by a Nike Grind Lab professional advisor before production. These can be shared with the Nike Grind Lab community, and customers stand a chance of having their design selected to be part of the Nike Grind Lab official online library. The material room is an exhibit area where one can learn about the Nike Grind materials history and both see and touch the catalog of different materials available after transformation. In this room the customer can choose the desired material for his design. The fabrication & recycling room is where the designs are physically realised with different robotic arms that can 3D print Nike Grind materials and create the product of your dream. It’s also where the furniture are repaired and recycled after use.

Nike Grind Lab is not just a store but also a school. We will organize workshops to teach people how to 3d modelling, to understand the materials and how to use the machines.

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

Fab Textiles Fab Lab Barcelona Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia

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Which Nike Grind materials will your idea utilize?

  • Rubber Outsoles
  • Rubber Flashings
  • Rubber Granulate
  • EVA Foam Injection Scraps
  • EVA Foam Flashings
  • EVA Foam Sheets & Blocks
  • EVA Foam Components
  • Laminated EVA Foam
  • Laminated PU Foam
  • Mixed Apparel Textile
  • Mixed Footwear Textile
  • Footwear Fiber "Fluff"
  • Full Grain Leather Scraps
  • Split Leather Scraps Coated
  • Synthetic Leather

How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?

In our circular local manufacturing process, we will follow a closed loop manufacturing system, where materials can be categorized and processed again. For creating our Nike Grind Lab we have begun to develop a machine that can transform the Nike Grind materials into a paste ready to be 3D printed. The Nike Grind materials are introduced into the machine , first to be shredded, and then melted. This machine is connected to the robotic arm by a tube that feeds the hot paste into the extruder of the robotic arm, ready to be 3D printed through the nozzle. For some of the Nike Grind materials like textiles and leather, a bio-component is added to the mixture. We have chosen to use a biodegradable thermoplastic polymer made of starch, water and glycerol. This bio-composite is a sustainable material that presents some unique characteristics : strong (because of its plasticizing properties,) heat-resistant, waterproof, washable and, most importantly, recyclable.

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What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing
  • Prototyping

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

Nike Grind Lab is accessible to everyone. It aspires to educate and encourage people to create low-cost personalized home furniture, using robotic production to transform waste materials into truly useful objects. As such, it is targeted at students, makers, creatives, designers, tech people, urban trend setters, green lovers, the DIY community, citizens from the neighbourhood, kids. Indeed, it is aimed at anybody conscious of their consumption habits and who wish to make a positive impact.

How will you scale your idea? Please describe in detail your plan to scale your concept.

Given that the infrastructure for the project exists wherever Grind Materials are kept, the real challenge to scaling the project is not logistical, but cultural. Consumers are still adjusting to the concept of actively participating in the product-making process that Nike Grind Lab envisions. To accomplish this, Nike Grind Lab, in collaboration with the international network of Fablabs, will drive an educational program by means of workshops. The products designed at the grind lab will enter our Distributed Design Market Platform and will be complementing and adding content to our growing catalogue for responsible prosumers. In our Distributed Design Market Platform, there are many ways of purchasing the product with different prices according to the involvement of the consumer.

How is your idea innovative?

Current mass-production type industries keep us detached from the products we buy. We do not know where they come from, how they are made, or by whom. Nike Grind Lab is a project that intends to change that by creating an intimate relationship between consumer and product. Consumers become producers - they understand the material composition of their product and cherish it until is returned for recycling. It is, fundamentally, a micro-circular local economy that can be applied at the city level.

What inspired this idea?

The Nike Grind Lab project is inspired by the Fab Lab values and Fab City concept. Digital fabrication laboratories were set up to inspire people and entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into new products by giving them access to a range of advanced digital manufacturing technology.

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

We are a multidisciplinary and international team of architects, industrial designers, material researchers, computational experts, robotic experts – all working in the Fab Textiles and Materials Lab at IaaC Fab Lab Barcelona.

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

Private Foundation

Please describe how becoming a Top Idea will support the growth of your concept.

This open-source, sustainability-minded and sharing-based spirit needs to be nurtured if we are to create a better tomorrow. Becoming a Top Idea will afford us greater visibility to inspire people, cities, countries - and the world. Winning the Nike Challenge will allow us to test the first ¨grind lab¨prototype and create the protocols for the rest of the labs to implement it.


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