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Thayer School of Engineering Engineering Sciences 171 Industrial Ecology Design Project Midterm Report Redesigning the Rolling Suitcase 1 May 2006
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Lauren Cecere Nilanjana Dutt Jessica Lawrence Reed Sibley Introduction: The Luggage Market Past and Present History In the context of human history, the advent of travel brought with it the  need for technological development of carrying tools for transport of goods and  personal possessions.  Christopher Columbus, during the Age of Exploration,  would have carried a trunk or chest made of cedar, oak, or pine wood for this  purpose (Vorelli 1).  In the seventeenth century, many trunk makers began to  cover their wood chests in deer, horse or cowhides, and in the eighteenth  century, they began to add brass embellishments like the buttons shown in  Figure 1, to the right (“Trunk” 1).   As methods of travel have developed well  beyond the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria with  the inventions of the train, the car and the  airplane, travel has transformed from a major  luxury, affordable only to the upper class, into a  practical option for the masses, both for business  and pleasure.  Along with this social trend, trends  in the luggage market have revolutionized the  suitcase, bringing it from “heavy to lightweight,  from intricate to simple and from elegant to plain”  (Vorelli 1).  Trunks have been replaced by suitcases, and wood has  been replaced by leather, hard plastic, and, finally, nylon fabric (Figure  2).   In addition to material changes, the most recent trend in  luggage, patented by Don Ku in 1994, is the wheeled suitcase (Bellis 1).  Figure 1:  A Jenny Lind style trunk made of wood  and covered in leather.  Has rolled steel reinforcing  straps and large brass buttons (Circa. 1845 – 1870)  (source: www.acharmingchest.com) Figure 2:  A nylon suitcase.  (source: www.mediatrix-germany.de) Figure 3:  The rolling suitcase. (source:  http://rult.pair.com/henrycyan/698a.jpg)
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Shown in Figure 3, the rolling suitcase, which comes complete with a retractable metal handle,  allows for increased mobility, and decreased strain on the arms and back. Market Size In this age of supersonic travel, e-tickets, and online reservations, travel has become a mundane fact  of life. - Chris Vorelli For the purpose of redesigning the suitcase, the project team is limiting itself to the United  States market.  According to government census data, the current population of the United States is  approximately 298,444,215 people (“The United States” 1).  Lacking access to precise market  information, the project team estimates that every individual in the United States above the age of 
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