3d printing Barcelona for decoration and interior design projects
3D printing in Barcelona is increasingly used in decoration and interior design and also offers many possibilities for POS. Products with innovative and visually striking applications are achieved.
At Moviments Grafics, commissioned by SUMAC restaurant in Barcelona, we produced with 3D technology the handle of the entrance door.
Manufacturing from a 3D model does not require molds or tooling of any kind, since the deposition of layers of material generates customized geometric shapes on demand.
In addition, it offers an immediate response to changing market needs and has the capacity to meet consumers’ growing demand for product differentiation and customization.
These technologies also make it possible to produce parts in 80-micron layers. During the printing process the material particles fuse together to form a single body and result in a visually flawless surface.
Break points also disappear as there is a complete fusion between layers and this results in a part suitable for continuous and demanding end use.
Continuous innovation has made it possible to use recycled materials.
3D printing in Barcelona and sustainability
3D printing, in addition to revolutionizing the way we manufacture, has become a great ally of the environment.
Some of the advantages offered by this technology involve a significant reduction in environmental impact:
- Lower material consumption.
- Stock elimination, production on demand.
- Giving a second life to plastic waste.
3D printing is a very useful tool to promote the recycling of plastic waste. 3D printers use plastic filaments in their process of adding layers to create different objects. The plastics used to produce these filaments can be new, but also recycled.
However, it is not possible to recycle just any plastic. Thermosets, for example, can only have a solid form once, they cannot be melted afterwards.
Thermoplastics are those which, being polymers, can melt and solidify by heating and cooling. This is what injection molding and 3D printing does, melting the polymer with heat and giving it a new shape.
Examples in the area of research in this recycling sector:
- Joshua Pearce ‘s research team at Michigan Technological University (Michigan Tech) conducted a life cycle analysis of a milk bottle made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE). Domestic conversion of disposable bottles into filaments reduces energy consumption. Pearce claims that 20 milk cartons will yield about one kilogram of plastic filament suitable for 3D printers.
- The Dutch company NaturePlast has succeeded in producing filament using shells from mussels and other crustaceans.
Currently there are different initiatives to produce printing filaments using more materials such as wood, cement and even steel.