Event Title

Sokui: The Key to Sustainable Animal Enrichment

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Ava Gonzalez, Marymount University

Date

April 2020

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This project explored combining 3D printing with rice paste glue to produce low-cost, environmentally friendly enrichment tools for animal shelters. By utilizing recycled paper, enrichment objects created using a traditional Japanese technique are especially cost-effective. This traditional method was coupled with custom modeled molds generated via 3D printing. These methods were evaluated to achieve proper ingredient ratios for producing strong and durable casts with a low potential for bacterial growth. If the casted items prove to be as robust and ecofriendly as research suggests, this technique could make for an improved way to recycle paper products while helping animal shelters.

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This oral presentation is based on an individual research project.

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Sokui: The Key to Sustainable Animal Enrichment

This project explored combining 3D printing with rice paste glue to produce low-cost, environmentally friendly enrichment tools for animal shelters. By utilizing recycled paper, enrichment objects created using a traditional Japanese technique are especially cost-effective. This traditional method was coupled with custom modeled molds generated via 3D printing. These methods were evaluated to achieve proper ingredient ratios for producing strong and durable casts with a low potential for bacterial growth. If the casted items prove to be as robust and ecofriendly as research suggests, this technique could make for an improved way to recycle paper products while helping animal shelters.