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Aragón leads a European project: new materials for automotive components

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The project consists of developing new materials from food waste.

Aragón coordinates a European project to develop new materials, from food waste, applicable in industrial sectors such as the automotive industry.

The so-called “Barbara” project involves the manufacture, by means of advanced 3D printing techniques, of prototypes such as door handles, dashboard fronts and beam joints.

Zaragoza hosted Wednesday the meeting of the beginning of the mentioned project, which has a budget of 2.7 million euros of which the EU contributes almost all and brings together 11 partners from Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Belgium .

This is a 36-month project within the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Program of the European Union.

Coordinated by the Aragon Technological Center Aitiip, it contemplates the manufacture of prototypes that help to show the possibilities that these new materials have in two sectors so important for the economy as the ones of the automotive and the construction.

The General Director of Research and Innovation of the Government of Aragon, María Teresa Gálvez, said that this is a collaboration project that “groups areas that are the subject of our research, such as the recovery and treatment of agricultural waste from the agri-food industry to transform them In a product of bioplastics usable by companies of automotive and construction “.

The new materials will be based on food waste (vegetables and fruits such as carrots, almonds or pomegranates) and agricultural (corn). They will have certain mechanical, thermal, aesthetic, optical and antimicrobial properties that make them suitable for industrial use in components for high demanding sectors.

The objective of Barbara is to develop new biobased materials with innovative functionalities thanks to the incorporation of additives, also from biomass, so that, through the use of filament melting technology, the most widespread for 3D printing or additive manufacturing, May lead to industrial application prototypes.

Expansion – POR JAVIER ORTEGA – Zaragoza – @elmundomotor – 05/12/2017 (Translation Soft)

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