1st session

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Together with designers sessions will be held to discuss the circular design strategies and business models with regards to my subject, the field hockey stick. The first session is held at the seventh of May, at discusses the circular design strategies.

New ideas have been produced considering the strategies. For attachment & trust this were ideas like sensoring in the stick, an app that tracks information and give tips, changing colour with wearage and the grip could be made out of a material that remembers hand positioning.Durability focussed more on optimal stick properties for a longer life. For example extra material could be added around the hook, the part were the sticks wears the most. Standardisation & compatibility was a difficult subject as the hockey stick has many rules. Interchangeable parts could be made, but due to the rules this has to be internal.

Next strategy is maintenance & repair. Hockey sticks can be repaired with an additional glue layer when the are damaged. This is an already existing solution but not done often. Also other production methods like 3D weaving. Last strategy that is disgusted is upgradability and adaptability. Functional upgrading and the usage of other materials like flax are considered.

Some overall thoughts were about the question if the material combination epoxy/carbon be reused, how hockey sticks could be returned to the store, as they now all end up at people’s home and

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Brainstorm papers during the session

Design for dis- and reassembly

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The hockey stick only consists of three components, so reassembly or disassembly quickly means buying a new one. An option then for sticks that can not be used any longer due to wear age could be upcycling. Upcycling means reusing a product in such a way that high quality of value can be achieved then the primer product. Hockey sticks can not be used anymore, so using them for another purpose would be an added value.

Reusing could be done in several different products, products that can be used for field hockey purposes or completely different purposes, like a rake. Several photos of upcycled ice hockey sticks are shown beneath.

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Design for standardisation & compatibility

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A hockey stick is build up from three parts. When one is broken this doesn’t mean other parts can’t be used anymore.┬áModulair hockeysticks could be proposed. With interchangeable parts when something breaks and compatible products by different brands. Most of the hockey sticks are made in the same factory so compatibility is already high.