Highlights Materials Revolution 2016

  • Ti-Join

    Ti-Join’s frame is made of 22 3D printed joints and 9 meters of carbon fibre tubes. The super light body weighs only 2 kg. It is 70 percent lighter and 95 percent less 3D print volume than the original design that had a frame casted in a 3D-printed sand mould.

    (Peter Donders)

  • Potato chair seat

    The seat is moulded potato waste with potato starch as binding component. One example of innovative, sustainable, environmentally responsible products that are increasingly requested among furniture companies around the world.

    (Jarrel Goh)

  • Silicone for 3D printing

    A new and unique process that is similar to traditional 3D printing, but uses a glass printing bed, a special silicone material with a high rate of viscosity and UV light. This enables very rapid and flexible production of prototypes and modification of small series.

    (Wacker Chemie)

  • 3D printed concrete

    3D printing enables manufacturing of concrete components in shapes impossible to cast in a conventional manner. Complex facade elements, sculptures and statues are a few examples. The component can be automatically provided with the necessary reinforcement during the printing process.

    (Imprimere AG)

  • Morphing textile

    A traditional fabric with a combination of methodically arranged magnetically active and passive components. This causes a mechanical accumulation of elements and thus a dynamic rearrangement of the entire textile.

    (Lilian Dedio, HfG Offenbach)

  • Smart solar curtain

    Pop Up 1 is a flexible solar curtain that reacts to solar energy. A network of metal wires with smart memory alloy is equipped with a large amount of small umbrella-like textiles. The wires make the textiles open and close with the change of temperature, to regulate light and shadow. 

    (Bára Finnsdottir KHB, Fraunhofer IWU)

  • Award-winning bicycle helmet

    The helmet Apollo LIN is made of linen fibre composite. A natural, super strong and very light material. Apollo LIN, and the company EGIDE, received the 2016 Red Dot Award: Product Design.


  • Wooden foam

    A foam material produced entirely from wood. It can be used in exactly the same way as conventional plastic foams, but is climate-friendly and recyclable.

    (Fraunhofer WKI)

  • Piñatex

    An innovative material made from pineapple leaves fibres. A strong, light, versatile and flexible non-woven textile. Piñatex has been developed with advanced technologies at the Royal College of Art, London, to create a sustainable high performance natural textile.

    (Ananas Anam Ltd.)

  • Soy-based foam

    All of Ford’s American-built cars have soy-based foam in their seat cushions, backs and head restraints. A development that started with the 2008 Ford Mustang. By using bio-based foam, Ford is able to reduce its use of oil by more than 3 million pounds per year.

    (Ford, USA)