The final product of the soft holder was made by hot pressing multiple layers of soft plastic. When heat pressing the front and back together, I have to put a layer of wax paper between them to make sure they won’t stick together. The biggest obstacle when making the soft holder is time, because there’s a 7th grade team making a bag, which requires a lot of heat pressing. I overcame it by working on hard holder when the 7th graders are here and only work on soft holder when the 7th graders are in PE. Another obstacle is the wax paper sometimes gets stuck in the card holder and I still don’t have a solution to that. During this project, I learnt how to heat press and some basics of making a plastic cake. This project is better than I thought, when signing up for this project, I didn’t have much expectations, then this turned out to be one of my favorite ignite projects.
In this project, I made a lot of ID card holders: some are made of both hard and soft plastic, some are made of just soft plastic. The soft card holder worked really well, the hardness of the holder is perfect and it is much easier to make than the hard holder. One obstacle I had is cutting plastic cake, so after a few prototypes, I decided to use laser cut. I created a few different soft holders, each is better than the one before. The first one had spiky edges, the second and third prototype are broken and are too small for the lunch card to fit. The final prototype has a stronger cover, perfect sized, and the edges are straight.
I generated the idea by brainstorming multiple ideas and then narrowing it in to three. I chose ID card holder because it is the most useful of the three and can be made easily. Finally I used the ISB ID card holder and some others online as an example to create my product.
During this project, I will need to use HDPE plastic. I will need to learn how to make a mold and heat press; molding is for the back of the card holder, and heat press is for the transparent sheet at front. I am getting feedback from Ms. Lemley because she has a broken ID card holder. To make the card holder, we are going to cut a 10 cm by 7 cm rectangle out of a plastic cake, then I am going glue a transparent soft plastic on top. Last step, I am going to make a small lip/attachment so that a lanyard can be connected.
For this ignite week, we are using discarded plastic to create a product that is useful or wearable. My audience is for people who don’t bring their lunch cards to school. I noticed that they either have a broken card holder or don’t have one, so I’m planning to make a card holder to make it more convenient for my audience. This is important to me, because my friends don’t often bring their lunch card, forcing them to borrow other people’s lunch card. I was inspired by ID card holders similar to ISB. The most challenging part of this project would be making a mold for our product because it has to be thin. We are going to research on how to make a mold and what type of plastic is most suitable for our product.