Anyone looking to de-stress and also find inspiration at METSTRADE 2016 could do nothing better than visit the Material XPerience within the Elicium. Organised by Materia, this wide range of sustainable materials made from wood, fibre, metal, ceramics and other natural matter were made available to touch, inspect and dream about their potential applications in the marine industry.
By Kim Hollamby: METSTRADE Online Community reporter
Here are five of our favourites:
How about covering the interior of your boat with moss? It doesn’t need watering, fertilising or pruning and is said to be easy to install. You might expect it to be available only in shades of green, but white, pink, orange, red, blue and black are all also available. Perhaps best installed in lower cabins as it prefers not to be exposed to direct sunlight. Supplied by Zweigbüro Freund GmbH.
A focus of this year’s Material XPerience has been lightweight materials and we were attracted to Alusion, an aluminium foam that comes in various sizes of cells (bubbles) and can be used to create strong, lightweight panels. Exhibited by Alusion.
What to do when Asian mitten crabs invade non-native waters in the UK? Turn them into a non-toxic biocompatible plastic called Crustic! It’s made by extracting a glucose derivative called chitin from the crabs and combining it with water and glycerine. The material looks rigid but then you touch it and realise it is very pliable. Exhibited by Jeongwon Ji Design Products.
Here’s a good solution for the thousands of drinking water bottles that would have gone into the recycle bins here at METSTRADE 2016. Refil is a filament that is 90 per cent recycled from PET bottles. It is strong, flexible, food contact acceptable (FCA) and you apparently don’t get any smell when using it for 3D printing. Exhibited by Better Future Factory (BFF).
Wood remains a highly valued finish in the marine industry but new techniques are significantly reducing the labour required to produce complex and attractive shapes. To manufacture this 3D veneer, sliced or rotary cut wood veneer is cut into small strips and then the veneer is deep drawn to provide a closed surface, with a high degree of stability for the formed mats. Exhibited by Danzer Deutschland.
Visit materia.nl to search your own favourite materials.