Sweeping the Nation with Change

Sweeping The Nation with Change - 100% recyclable household broom

Winner of Best Use of Autodesk Fusion 360, in the second Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge.  A durable and sustainable, 100% recyclable household broom made out of materials that provide significant environmental and economic benefits.  Sweeping The Nation with Change broom is made entirely out of sustainable materials.  On one side, bristles that are biodegradable and on the other side, an infinitely recyclable handle. A broom designed using recycled material that can also be recycled at the end of its life.

Project Title: 
Sweeping the Nation with Change
Project Designers: 
The Engineers for a Sustainable World Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Project Date: 
Jan 2016


Challenge Summary 

The goal of this design challenge is to eliminate the concept of “waste” by designing products with materials that may be perpetually cycled to retain their value as nutrients to fuel growing global economies.


Design Summary 

Winning Design “Best Use of Autodesk Fusion 360 Tool”, Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge

Commercial brooms tend to have short lifespans and are often made of non-recyclable materials. Most modern brooms use bristles made of cheap plastic that eventually wear out and fall over time ending up in a landfill or making their way into the soil and remaining as an environmental contaminant. But, what if that didn’t have to be the case? The winning team set out to design a 100% recyclable broom with a bristle head made of highly-biodegradable material that can be replaced independently of the broom’s other components.

The team assembled the entire model in Fusion 360. Using Fusion’s built-in file share, they were able to work on components individually while cross-referencing each other’s parameters in nearly real time. The animation feature made rendering sequences of images a remarkably effortless process. They also made use of Fusion’s stress simulations to minimize material waste. Although the team constructed the majority of the model using direct modeling, the parametric tool was helpful when they needed to adjust thicknesses after doing stress calculations and running simulations.


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