Reconstructing biomass by 3D printing

An investment in 3D printing technologies enables Scion to develop a range of new bioplastics for use in these technologies, such as filaments (thin strands of material), powders and fibre reinforced filaments.

“As part of the Extrusion PLUS project, we are developing products with advanced functionalities from lignocellulosic biopolymers and bioplastics,” says Dr Florian Graichen science leader for biopolymers and chemicals. “Our challenge now is to work with these biopolymers to formulate bioplastics suitable for use in 3D printing. This would enable a vast range of products from machine componentry to large-scale construction materials to be manufactured from renewable biomaterials with low environmental impacts.

“New ways of processing biomaterials will reduce our reliance on imported raw materials. It will also see more value generated from trees by making better use of lignocellulosic biomass, such as wood processing residues.”

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