InterDisciplinary

Recycling and Manufacturing Plastics with an Injection Molder

By Michael burns, luke blizzard, jackson harral, lauren coca, nathan tagert, & wesley house

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Michael Burns is a junior at Millersville University majoring in Manufacturing Engineering and Technology (MFET). His background consists of the many plastic projects that were demonstrated and assigned in classes for his major. These projects incorporate molds, different types and states of plastic, and what each can be used for. Luke Blizzard is a junior at Millersville University majoring in Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MFET) with a minor in Occupational Safety and Technology. He is also pursuing a degree in Computer Aided Design. Luke’s background includes a range of manufacturing processes and design. He hopes to continue plastic recycling efforts in conjunction with manufacturing techniques to use injection molding, extrusion, and shredding to create practical products. Jackson Harral is a junior year Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MFET) student currently studying at Millersville University. Jackson’s background includes experience with plastic organization and identification, manufacturing of recycling machinery, as well as developing molds and parts for plastic recycling. Lauren Coca is a junior majoring in Environmental and Spatial Sciences. Her background in environmentalism made her passionate about the recycling and upcycling aspect of the project. Lauren set the foundation for a sustainable plastic recovery system, working with organizations to recover plastics from campus to keep a steady stream of plastic for the project. Nathan Tagert is a junior at Millersville University majoring in Manufacturing Engineering and Technology (MFET). His background with the project includes plastic organization, testing different plastics, and developing molds and parts for plastic recycling. Wesley House is a senior at Millersville University majoring in Applied Engineering Management with a concentration in manufacturing. His background in Precious Plastics starts with the injection molder that he is working on with two other students. This project serves as an independent study to complete his education, and allows him to take his lessons learned into a career working in an industrial facility.