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Biopolymers with advanced functionalities for building and automotive parts processed through additive manufacturing (BARBARA)

A project which gathers agrofood waste management, bioplastic, 3D printing, factories of the future, circular economy and the automotive and construction sector 

Alicante (Spain), Monday, May, 2017




In brief words, the BARBARA project aims to develop new bio-based materials with innovative functionalities through the incorporation of additives coming from bio-mass so that, by means of Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), - the most widely spread technology for 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) - prototypes with industrial applications can be obtained.

These new materials must be based on food waste (from vegetables, fruits and nuts such as carrots, almonds or pomegranates) or agricultural by-products (from corn) and must possess specific mechanical, thermal, aesthetical, optical and antimicrobial properties to make them suitable for their industrial use in components for two highly demanding sectors such as the construction and automotive industries.

Plastics based on biomass materials are already in use for household 3D printing. Such is the case of PLA (poly-lactic acid). Now the challenge is using it at an industrial level while taking into account the requirements which manufactured pieces need to meet from the very early stage when engineering materials and enriching additives are formulated.

BARBARA project partners encompass the whole project chain, from suppliers of food and farming waste to construction and automotive end-users key to validating those demonstrator pieces made, through experts in chemistry, industrial materials production, machine and design processes, or those monitoring efficiency and impact of actions carried out.

The participation of the group NANOBIOPOL has posed in coordination with the group Vision and Colour of the UA. The other companies and entities involved in the BARBARA project are FECOAM and CARGILL (food waste suppliers); Celabor, KTH and the University of Alicante (they will participate in the development of the chemical processes for the extraction of functional molecules and polysaccharides); NUREL and Tecnopackaging (involved in the development of materials and spools for 3D printing); AITIIP (which will develop the new 3D printing procedure and will manufacture the demonstrator prototypes for the construction and automotive industries and to exert the general coordination of the project) and finally, Acciona Construcción and Centro Ricerche FIAT, which will validate those prototypes. The whole process will be monitored by the Italian University of Perugia (LCA, LCC).




Program: H2020-BBI

Duration: 36 meses, Septiembre de 2017 - Septiembre de 2020



NANOBIOPOL (Research group on Polymers and Nanomaterials Analysis)

Departamento de Química Analítica, Nutrición y Bromatología
Facultad de Ciencias
Universidad de Alicante
Carretera San Vicente s/n
03690 San Vicente del Raspeig
Alicante (Spain)

Tel: (+34) 96 590 9660

Fax: (+34) 96 590 3697


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