LÈBIU - let's CORK itA bio-based material made from cork stopper's leftovers
A bio-based material made from cork stopper’s leftovers.
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 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.