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Pathways Project

Duct Tape Armor

Nathan Johnson

on 15 February 2011

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Design Creation Durability Uses Innovation Roles Duct Tape Armor By: Nate Johnson, Kenny Costello, Travis Parker, Dylan Markowski, and Kyle Karwatski Background Complications There were many steps on the path to creating a prototype suit of armor... The first step was gathering all the materials, and cutting up the cardboard into several different types of pieces that will eventually be used on the different parts of the armor. Some of the different size strips of cardboard. After a long day of work, we realized that we would have our hands full with this prototype. We wanted a design that was sturdy, yet pliable, and we ran into some complications... The armor, in the end, could possibly be used for many activities, but right now, there is a possibility of the current prototype (or maybe even a new design) being used in Humans Vs. Zombies during the spring semester. Each member played a specific and essential role in helping to design and create the suit.

Travis - Supplier/Innovater
Kyle - Leader/Organizer
Nate - Producer/Collaborater
Kenny - Model/Designer
Dylan - Monitor/Designer Fun Fact: It was originally called "Duck Tape" because of its water proofing ability. Common duct tape has a tensile strength ranging anywhere from 20-35 lb/sq. in. The cardboard underneath, while bent to conform to the body, provides a sturdy base and a little extra "cushion" between the person wearing the armor, and whatever may hit them. We took a sample piece... and shot BBs at it to see how the duct tape would hold up against projectiles. Aside from a few small indentations, it held up very well. (Multiple BBs were fired not just two) While it is obvoiusly not a kevlar suit, it's perfect for a nerf gun or oncoming zombie attack.

As great as duct tape may be... It does not stop bullets. The first piece we made a design for. After some thought, we decided it'd be easier to start small. As a side note, silver duct tape might make someone stand out in HVZ, so Black duct tape might provide a little more stealth. And of course, the armor can be customized to suit its wearer's look preferences. (We found diagonal red stripes to be a good choice.) After brainstorming a few ways to deal with the issue of range of movement of each joint, we decided it would be easier to make multiple static pieces than one big dynamic piece. The chest and abdomin are composed of 2 major pieces, as you can see the abdomin and back are connected and the chest and upper back are connected. The abdomin is made differently than any piece because of a persons need to twist and bend. The finishing touches were the upper arm pieces, and finally the helmet which finished off the suit. The suit is composed primarily of 7 different parts as shown in the previous picture.
While pieces like the forearms and shins dont have to move, they are still bent so they can conform to the body. Some of the more complex pieces like the chest plate and abdomin needed several pieces and need to have a greater range of motion. Forearm (x2) Abdominal plate Shin Guard Quadricep Plate Lateral Plate Chest Plate (Front and
Back) Helmet Consists of several strips of cardboard that were bent along the ribs, duct taped seperately, and then all duct taped together to allow the piece to bend in all directions. While other pieces like the shin guards are simply a piece that is bent at uniform intervals, and then taped and attatched around the back of the leg In the end almost every, if not every, piece differed from the initial design.

Pieces needed to be bent along the cardboard ribbing to conform to the body.

Some protection had to be given up for mobility.

Originally we thought we could make the entire suit out of plates and joints, but that proved to be very difficult.

In the end we thought of creative ways to overcome each problem and ended up with our suit Duct tape was first invented in 1942 for use in World War II.

Water Proof


Duct Tape is made of a few materials:
It is composed of rubber, resin, and calcium carbonate. These get heated glue to 250 degrees and squish the materials inside scrim and polyethylene. Duct tape actually got the slang name "Duck Tape" by the soldiers using it during WWII because of its water-proofing ability.
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