LÈBIU - let's CORK it

A bio-based material made from cork stopper's leftovers

The project

A bio-based material made from cork stopper’s leftovers.

THE CHALLENGE
3D printing is a growing industry, but as a disruptive and innovative technology, the range of materials that can be used is still limited, particularly as regards natural materials. On the other hand, cork is a CO2 sink tree, and its bark, extracted from the cork oak, has great properties. 
It absorbs polluting gases and cleans the air, so that, it produces is famous”skin”. The challenge resides in using the powder waste from the cork industry with 3D printing to provide a much greener alternative material.

THE SOLUTION
The objective of this project is to create filaments for 3D printers generating a resin to print objects using cork dust, with enhanced thermal qualities and lighter in weight. The idea is to create objects such as lightweight modular coustic panels, lamps, and vases that have sound-absorbing properties thanks to the cork particles and added materials like cork skin and Sardinian sheep wool, therefore using locally-produced waste. 
The project is a combination of heritage, exquisite craftmanship and technology, matching the expertise of the Sardinian artisans with cutting edge technology to provide a more sustainable design system.

FABIO MOLINAS (Spain)

Fabio Molinas is an Industrial Designer from Sardinia based in Madrid who has received numerous awards. 
He currently works as a product/interior designer for companies is also developing a new textile material made from cork waste.

FABLAB VENEZIA (Italy)

Fablab Venezia is a digital fabrication lab, born in 2014 with the aim of helping enterprises, designers, artisans, and creative people develop their ideas and innovative projects using digital technologies such as 3D Printing, CNC Milling and Robotics.

Project website: lebiudesign.com

STORYTELLING

THE IDEA:

I come from a small town in the heart of Sardinia island, a town that managed to survive from its origins until today thanks to the extraction and processing of cork, an abundant resource on the island, due to the Mediterranean climate and the cleanliness of the air, which allows a perfect development of the cork oak skin. My grandfather was the founder of a small family business that nowadays continues to produce cork caps as it was done 70 years ago. When I was a child, in summer, I had to help my grandfather cleaning the factory, and I was always interested in the big sacks of cork particles that were storaged and burned without any other utility. Starting there, I came across with the idea of using the waste produced from the filling of the cork stoppers, as a resource to develop a circular and sustainable production system creating a new bio-based materials with less environmental impact, since that cork waste has been already produced and thus we keep the CO2 in the material without releasing it into the atmosphere during the combustion.

THE BIRTH OF THE PROJECT:

The aim is to create a 3D cork filament with a higher % of biobased content and biodegradable for Interior Design uses. Worth Project is an occasion to show one of the many application of this material for interior design: sound absorbing panels made out cork, recycled hemp and compostable polymers. The demand for eco-friendly or bio-based products has increased due to the implementation of stringent environmental regulations and the growing preference for environment-friendly products. Recycling and reuse of cork waste also help end-users comply with sustainable manufacturing policies and reduce pollution. This will compel vendors to adopt sustainable manufacturing processes, which will support the growth of bio-based products. Design and Fashion brands are now at a pivotal point. They need to innovate and invest in products and processes that embrace sustainability, but it is very difficult to change mass production without R&D in a short time. Lebiu provides eco-materials for this production transformation.

THE CREATIVE PROCESS:

The concept ideation and the design derived from it are part of a very interesting and enriching process, involving the mentors and people from different fields who came together in creating innovative products. Some problems came out when testing the compound and creating the recipe, the delays due to the pandemic situation and the lack of a dynamic communications between Lebiu and the factory created difficulties in implementing the project. 

THE COLLABORATION:

Partnering with FabLab Venezia has been very fruitful and it’s a pleasure to work with them. They have a responsible team and are open to help you in technical/ operational issues. Working as a team fills the gaps that each partner has in a complementary way. Also, it helps you to have a different point of view, receiving constant feedback during the entire process. 

THE FUTURE:

The goal is to go on the market by the end of 2021 with the cork filament. Before that, a marketing campaign will be held by Lebiu to promote the applications of the filament presenting the sound absorbing panels in design contest, art and design shop and online. Currently, we are looking for compound and extruders providers to produce the filament and finally sell it on multichannel platform and private. 

THE MESSAGE:

The partnership is a win-win collaboration where Technology and Crafting merge together creating a new product system. So I highly encourage designers to focus on new production cycles to generate a new eco-consciousness and change the actual production model into a more sustainable and ethical system.
  

PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS

The vase

The vase

Lumimóza

Lumimóza

3D metal panels

3D metal panels

Thinking Woman’s Chair

Thinking Woman’s Chair

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

Aeras-x Seat for Drone Taxis

The Vegan Sheep

The Vegan Sheep

Loom-State

Loom-State

Common Sands 2.0

Common Sands 2.0

Maretech

Maretech

Minois

Minois

STEM a garment production brand

STEM a garment production brand

Storytelling Garment Project

Storytelling Garment Project

Mapu Preto

Mapu Preto

Minta

Minta

NO/thing

NO/thing

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

Modifiable Vegan Bag Collection

In the Circle

In the Circle

Clotho

Clotho

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

Vibro-Tactile Textiles

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

LÈBIU – let’s CORK it

WeAr Design

WeAr Design

Freskos

Freskos

ALMA

ALMA

Bubble Façade

Bubble Façade

Crossing Parallels

Crossing Parallels

EnaOna

EnaOna

SEISMIC GARMENT

SEISMIC GARMENT

Rethinking the Bra

Rethinking the Bra

Kinematic handbag by RMATURA

Kinematic handbag by RMATURA

Nova Underwear

Nova Underwear

BioChromatic

BioChromatic

Dimmenso

Dimmenso

Beaggie

Beaggie

Ignorance is Bliss Carpet Collection

Ignorance is Bliss Carpet Collection

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

WE ARE NOT IN THIS ALONE

H|H

H|H

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Vibrant-barrier-free glassware collection

Edge Chair

Edge Chair

Marbled Salts

Marbled Salts

Moseanic

Moseanic

Kombucha TSUGI

Kombucha TSUGI

LiLO

LiLO

The Eastern Side of Riviera

The Eastern Side of Riviera

Future Wardrobe

Future Wardrobe

Ventri

Ventri

FreyZein

FreyZein

SILENCIO

SILENCIO

Re-Print Ceramics

Re-Print Ceramics

Vivid

Vivid

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

A Phyne Bomber Jacket

Burning For

Burning For

Circular workwear collection

Circular workwear collection

Recontile

Recontile

Fashion Colada

Fashion Colada

SCALA

SCALA

New Matters

New Matters

Not 2 Forget

Not 2 Forget

Agogic – Be prepared for more

Agogic – Be prepared for more

SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

SMARTCOAT with ETHICS

Mocha Split

Mocha Split

Reframd

Reframd

Zerobarracento

Zerobarracento

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

ALLCA Disruptive Rugs

Wearable Play

Wearable Play

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Wear-Abouts Baltic Sea

Gelatex x NO/AN

Gelatex x NO/AN

Luxury Bag Collection

Luxury Bag Collection

Amalgama

Amalgama

TTorch

TTorch

From the ground

From the ground

Biolea

Biolea

Ultra

Ultra

Capsule coat project

Capsule coat project

Mayya x WORTH

Mayya x WORTH

The Space in Between

The Space in Between

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Rustic Wool Robotuft

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Cartiera & SwIdeas present: Change!

Fish_Fish

Fish_Fish

Common Sands

Common Sands

UCQC Inclusive

UCQC Inclusive

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Gabriella Veszpremi X Inpelsa

Mowo

Mowo

i-Morfé

i-Morfé

Iguaneye

Iguaneye

Ruumy

Ruumy

Fugazi Fugazi

Fugazi Fugazi

Serisole

Serisole

Hi-LAMP

Hi-LAMP

Lucid

Lucid

Senss

Senss

Walkytalkies

Walkytalkies

Sole sustainability

Sole sustainability

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

A Warm, Light, Luxurious, Sustainable Cloak

Spell My Name

Spell My Name

The “Bib” chair

The “Bib” chair

Materia Bruta

Materia Bruta

Planned Space Pooling

Planned Space Pooling

3D knitwear on demand

3D knitwear on demand

Lit Lace Interface

Lit Lace Interface

iluTex

iluTex

Sukka 

Sukka 

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

PineSkins Soft Wall Tiles

Unmoist Raincoat

Unmoist Raincoat

IOT Jacket & Robot

IOT Jacket & Robot

Stars Collection

Stars Collection

Words that shimmer

Words that shimmer

Persona

Persona

PULSAR

PULSAR

Identity 560

Identity 560

Øjenfryd

Øjenfryd

The Ghost Bag

The Ghost Bag

Diluci bags

Diluci bags

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

M2M furniture (Made 2 Measure Furniture)

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Myhand Prosthetic Socket

Oceanwear

Oceanwear

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

t-Studio – 3D fashion design network

Curve

Curve

Multifunctional Textiles

Multifunctional Textiles

Fashion Designing in an Inclusive World

Fashion Designing in an Inclusive World

‘Parameter’ Table

‘Parameter’ Table

Occay

Occay

KICS

KICS

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

ERGOVI – healthy multiposture chair

PreemieCme

PreemieCme

Circular Bags

Circular Bags

Clayer

Clayer

Lulu V2

Lulu V2

Fishskinlab

Fishskinlab

Dynaback

Dynaback

Esther Hates PVC

Esther Hates PVC

Gardin

Gardin

Foldable High Heels

Foldable High Heels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Sustainable Acoustic Panels

Edbora Collection

Edbora Collection

Smart Heated Vest

Smart Heated Vest

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

ACDL Artisan Chausseur Design Lab

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Smart Life Jacket In Watersport

Fragments Garments

Fragments Garments

Hollow: A Lie Story

Hollow: A Lie Story

FWN: Family Wear Nature

FWN: Family Wear Nature

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Himaero “The Emotional Jewel”

Spellbound

Spellbound

Wear Pure

Wear Pure

Connextyle

Connextyle

Unlimited in 1

Unlimited in 1

Paramatrix

Paramatrix

Feel More Knitwear

Feel More Knitwear

Skarabeos 2

Skarabeos 2

Twill

Twill

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

Fashionable Wearable Camera Accessory

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair

‘Margarete’ – Cork Task Chair