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  1. Cleat Covers By Nilu Faiz Joseph Maiorana Joseph Schneider

  2. Table of Contents

  3. Problem Statement • Spikes/ Cleats become worn out when walking on asphalt to a field/stadium/track.

  4. Hypotheses • Design and manufacture a solution that will fit on the bottom of the cleats to protect the spikes from being worn out. This device will be used when the user is not using their cleats on the field or track.

  5. Identifying the Problem • Surveys • Interviews • Patent Search

  6. Background • Experience • Joe plays football • Joey played baseball • Knowing athletes • Conversations

  7. Surveys • Do you use metal, rubber, or plastic spikes? • Metal • Rubber • Plastic • What do you use spikes/ cleats for? Check all that apply • Football • Baseball • Track & Field • Soccer • Golf • Work • Other

  8. Surveys Cont’d • Do your spikes/cleats become damaged because of walking on asphalt/ sidewalks? • Yes • No • On a scale of 1-5, do you believe your performance decreases because of worn down spikes? 1 2 3 4 5 • Would you use a device that protects the spikes/cleats from becoming worn down? • Yes • No

  9. Survey Results • 13 people agreed that spikes wear down to the point where it should be considered a problem • 8 people agreed that spikes were not worn down enough to be called a problem

  10. Expert Interviews

  11. Experts’ thoughts • Problem Statement is valid • Open to the idea of a solution

  12. Patent Research

  13. Interviews • Interviewed 3 people • All three interviewees agreed that their spikes become damaged • 2 of 3 interviewees also agree that having to bring multiple shoes to an event is annoying • These interviews prove problem statement to be valid

  14. Justified Problem Statement • Athletes need to wear a different pair of shoes while walking on anything other than their playing field, otherwise their spikes will become damaged or dulled.

  15. Solution should… • Protect spikes from becoming dull • Protect surfaces from damages • Eliminate the need to bring multiple pairs of shoes to events • Take less time than switching between shoes

  16. Possible Solutions • Each team member came up with 3 different solutions • The team decided on the best solution

  17. Solution A: Spike Covers • Blocks fit completely over the spikes • Keeps spikes elevated above ground • Reduces wear

  18. Solution B: Spike Sandals • Sandal placed under cleat • Velcro belt holds in place

  19. Solution C: Rubber Sole • A rubber sole slips on the bottom of cleat • Keeps spikes off the ground

  20. Solution D: Spike Plugs • Rubber plugs put on spikes • Keep spikes from touching ground

  21. Solution E: Retractable Cover • Rubber membrane on outside • Stretchy rubber material extended over sole • Covers heel, kicking portion • Rubber sleeve covers entire bottom

  22. Final Solution: F • Spike Plug with Retractable Cover • Spike plugs easily attach to bottom of athletic spike shoe • Retractable stretchy sleeve holds together spike plugs • Allows attachment of all five plugs without effort • Retractable cover provides tight support all around shoe • Prevents shoe laces from becoming untied

  23. Decision Matrix

  24. Final Solution • Based on the scores on the decision matrix, we chose our solution

  25. The Spike Cover • A protective covering for the front and the back of the cleat • Keeps spikes from coming in contact with the ground • Has rubber bottoms for safety • Easy to use • Easy to store

  26. The Spike Cover

  27. Specifications

  28. Function • Protect spikes from becoming dull • Protect spikes from coming in contact with the ground • Eliminate the need to bring multiple pairs of shoes to events

  29. Form • The spike covers come in two parts • The spike covers must be sized to fit onto shoe • Holes can hold spikes up to ¾” long

  30. Ergonomics • The two parts of the spike cover are shaped to the heal and to the front of the cleat.

  31. Ease of Maintenance • Primary tools needed • Computer with Inventor • Micrometer • Prototype machine • Belt Saw

  32. Standardization • Guerilla Glue • Flip Flops

  33. Durability • Layer 2 was added to the product to insure durability. • It will protect the plastic from scratches • Keep the plastic from getting worn out

  34. Cost • The cost to make the product is fairly cheap • Most of the project’s cost comes from the prototype machine • The cost to produce one spike cover (both parts) is about $25 (according to Stephen Buchs)

  35. Refining the design • There should be two layers to the shoe • Plastic: serves as the protection of the spike • Rubber: serves as a safety precaution and increases durability of the product • There was no way of making a solution that could fit all spikes • We chose the Nike Haurachi as our model shoe

  36. Design Development • 2 Parts to the solution • The front of the shoe • The sole of the shoe • Each part is divided into 2 layers • Top Layer: made of plastic • Bottom Layer: made of rubber

  37. Design Parameters

  38. Expert Analysis

  39. Assembly

  40. Assembly (Cont’d) • Major Tools • Prototype Machine • Belt Saw • Material • Prototype Material • Rubber • Shoe Glue

  41. Assembly (Cont’d) • Suggested time of assembly: 1 day • Assembly procedure • Gather Materials • Use prototype machine to make layer 1 of both parts • Cut out layer 2 with belt saw • Use shoe glue to attach parts • Part A1 to A2 • Part B1 to B2

  42. Drawings

  43. Material List

  44. Test Procedure • Fit • Does the spike cover fall off? • Do the spikes fit within the holes? • Do the covers fit the portion of the shoe? • Safety • Is it slippery? • Is the cleat still balanced? • Weight Capacity • Appearance

  45. Test Procedure (Cont’d) • Does the spike cover protect the spikes? • Do spikes become damaged when wearing the spike cover? • Does it eliminate the need to change shoes? • Is it faster to use the spike cover than to bring an extra pair of shoes?

  46. Test Chart

  47. Test Results • Failed the fit test • Dimensions were not correct • Spikes are different sizes • Angles were incorrect

  48. Fixing the Problem • Redo the measurements and drawings • Realized that pressure is not the best way to make the spike cover stay on. • Over time, it will become loose. • New Solution = Magnets

  49. Magnets • Magnets will be implanted into the second layer of the product. • They will make the fit of the product more efficient.