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Author(s): Bárbara Rangel
Vasco Canavarro
J. L. Alves
Title: Coffee powder reused as a composite material
Issue Date: 2016
Abstract: With the technological and industrial development, many products have toxicityproblems and the rate of using new raw materials is unsustainable. The markets havebeen undergoing changes and manufacturing materials tend to be affordable, but theystill have problems related with pollution and ecological concerns. It is even known theimpact that the hunger for consumption, that mankind shows, has in nature and thatconducts to a slow end of natural resources. For this reason, alternatives pass throughthe reuse of waste.This theme has emerged as a way to combat this problem of great environmental impactthrough design. This research aims to present a production method for reuse groundcoffee leftovers. Because at the moment it is treated mostly as junk, obtaining it doesnot entail any costs, and may therefore be an innovative material for the production ofvarious objects. From the point of view of sustainability the idea is to extend the lifecycle of coffee, eliminating the waste phase after consumption, to which is nowadaysassumed as the normal procedure.This work has been carried out within the structure of the Masters Degree in Productand Industrial Design (MDIP), at the Faculties of Engineering (FEUP) and of Fine Arts(FBAUP) from the University of Porto. The main goal to be achieved with this researchis to obtain a mouldable material, formed by the coffee grounds and a suitable binderfound through testing and research. It is also intended that the material created is durable and washable, with prospects of extending the realities in which it can be used.The second objective will be the development of a tool for the production of thismaterial, not only by moulding, but eventually by 3D printing. To validate these goals itis intended the development of a set of products with the studied technologies.In this article are presented the results of laboratory experiences as well as some designsolutions that were achieved.
Document Type: Artigo em Livro de Atas de Conferência Internacional
Rights: openAccess
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