Expected results and impact

Expected results and impact

Those companies and entities party to the BARBARA project will work on the creation of four new materials from food waste meeting industrial needs, in particular, those of the building and automotive industries. These four new materials will have suitable properties adapted to the functionalities required by these industries to manufacture their products.

In particular, two bio-polyesters and two bio-polyamides will be created, with specific mechanical and structural characteristics for thermal resistance as well as specific aesthetical properties: texturizing, colouring and optical effects, as well as fragrance release and antimicrobial effect.

With them, by means of 3D technology, three prototypes will be printed: door handles and dashboard fascia for cars (with the participation of the Centro Ricerche FIAT) and moulds for truss joints for buildings (developed for ACCIONA Infraestructuras)

This project will also contribute with a direct impact on four essential facilitating technologies: biotechnology, nanotechnology, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing technologies, which are the foundations of a wide range of industries, and for whom AITIIP has been working as project coordinator from the project´s inception.

To develop these prototypes the BARBARA project will develop a new 3D FFF printing heading device, which will incorporate pressure and temperature control while applying a cold plasma beam. This cutting-edge element, developed by AITIIP, will improve adhesion between the printed layers and will help reduce porosity lines, thus preventing delamination (different layers coming off) and anisotropy (change in scale of a figure or body).

The BARBARA project contributes to creating two new value chains, as well as to the development of an innovative and forward-looking modern industry with the potential to revolutionise the production of new materials. An industry more in tune with the environment and where new and more environmentally friendly extractive processes are implemented, thus potentially reducing energy and materials´ consumption.