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MaterialDistrict Utrecht 2022: once again a great success

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From Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 April, the leading material innovation event for R&D and design professionals took place: MaterialDistrict Utrecht 2022. With a comprehensive programme with 50 lectures from material experts and designers, 135 ...

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Disposable materials made of a weed

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Dutch designer Sanne Bruurmijn developed various disposable materials out of a plant generally considered a weed, Canadian fleabane. In a project called Gewenst Ongewas (which can be loosely translated to ‘desired non-crop’), Bruurmijn aims to ...

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3D printing with wood

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Dutch designer Lorenzo Hoorn uses industrial wood waste and thermoplastics to 3D print reinforced large objects. In order to 3D print large objects from thermoplastics, the material needs to be reinforced with fibres. These fibres ...

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An ultra-light ‘butterfly bridge’ that generates energy

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Dutch Studio Solarix and architectural firms VenhoevenCS and DS Landschapsarchitecten developed an ultra-light net that can be used to safely help butterflies and other insects cross motorways, while also generating solar energy. Anyone who has every ...

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Ceramics made of eggshells

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Dutch designer Laura van de Wijdeven of Atelier LVDW developed a ceramic-like material made out of eggshells that is also biodegradable. Annually, 10 billion eggs are produced in the Netherlands alone, which makes the country ...

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Shoes made of dandelions

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Shoe brand Cole Haan developed a line of shoes made with a minimum of 25% of natural dandelion rubber. During World War II, there was a shortage of natural rubber, as most of it comes ...

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