From alarm clock to electric kettle, from iPad to bicycle and from car to television: there is no sector in which the progress of innovation is so massive and so visible as in the products we use every day. Products are replaced by newer versions with tremendous speed, which creates a surplus of waste. This means we need to reconsider the design process, material application and the use of new raw materials and processes.
The circular ladder shows us that products and materials should be kept in circulation for as long as possible through upcycling and recycling, on product level or material level, to be sustainable. This leads to furniture made of recognisable packaging material, materials from recycled PET bottles, reused wood, glass, metal, and plastics. The innovation of bioplastics is huge, made of waste streams of cheese, milk, grease, weeds, manure, and other unexpected sources. Nanotechnology, smart materials, interactive materials that use sensors, material reduction, digital production processes and user friendliness are also topical themes; the products and materials of the future are becoming increasingly smarter.
Our Products ambassador
Anouk Groen, director of RNA Design, is the ambassador of the sector Products. She is a trend forecaster, specialised in colour, material and finish design (CMF). With degrees in Product Design (Art Center) and Marketing Management, she focuses not only about the forecasting of colour and design, but also about finding the source of the trend and telling the story that goes with it, and why it is important. Groen’s presentations are useful for any industry that creates products that need to be updated regularly. She is currently consulting in the fields of automotive, telecommunications, audio visual and interior.
These ceramics, called Merdacotta, are made from cow dung and clay. Merdacotta consists for the most part of dried cow dung, mixed with Tuscan clay, straw and farm waste, in variable quantities. The methane and urea, which is what makes poo smell, are extracted, making the dung odourless.
Ceramic foam filters
These ceramic foam filters are designed for mould-casting metal. Thanks to the mechanism of creation of the “filter cake” on the inlet filter side and thanks to depth filtration inside the ceramic matrix, these ceramic foam filters are an effective instrument to reach metallurgical purity of molten metal during the process of casting.
RETROSPECT MATERIAL XPERIENCE 2018
Several large exhibition pieces – often never shown to the public before – were exhibited during the trade fair, showing the visitor a glimpse of the future. What was shown?
LignoLoc, developed by Beck Fasteners, are beech wood nails, strengthened by resin. The wooden nails are just as strong as their aluminium counterpart. Although they can be hammered into wood, it is better to use a specially developed nail gun, which generates heat through friction, melting the resin and welding the nail into the surrounding wood.
Making a production mould very time consuming and takes up a lot of material. First, a 1:1 model is milled out of polystyrene, which is in turn covered by glass fibre and epoxy paste. From this plug, the production mould is made, and then the plug no longer serves a use. Instead of making a plug in this way from composite, Nedcam is working on a way to 3D print plugs from thermoplastic instead, to make the process more sustainable.
Material Xperience is known for its high-profile speaker programme, which includes renowned (inter)national architects, scientists, designers and other experts.
Tuesday morning 13 March, the speaker programme “The Future of Products” took place in the Material Xperience theatre. Speakers were Anouk Groen, Ronald van Straten, Caroline Prisse (Tetterode), and Marcel Vroom.
Visit the programme page for more information.
Materials From The Independent MaterialDistrict Collection
During this three-day event, MaterialDistrict showed the newest materials from its independent collection, which were scouted during the year before the exhibition. A small selection of materials:
Rattan’s structure is comparable to a bundle of tubes. The rattan palm can transport water up to 200 metres through its long capillaries. When the capillaries are injected with various bulking agents, rattan is transformed from a wood with limited use into a versatile, innovative material.