Zeoform: The eco-friendly building material of the future?
Zeoform promises a recyclable, low carbon-footprint building material that's as strong as ebony
Australian company Zeo has developed and patented a glue-free process that creates a strong, versatile new building material out of just cellulose and water. The resulting hardwood-like material known as Zeoform can then be sprayed, molded or shaped into a range of products. And it's not just trees that stand to benefit – Zeoform also promises an eco-friendly alternative to the use of plastics and resins.
The environmental advantage of using cellulose as raw material is that, as the most abundant organic compound on Earth, it can be extracted from a wide range of sources including recycled paper, fabrics and plants. It can also be found in some forms of algae and in the secretion of some bacteria.
The formula used to make Zeoform imitates a natural glue-free process called hydroxyl bonding, whereby cellulose fibers stick together in water. According to Zeo this process is non-toxic, requiring no chemicals or glues, and is "energy and water efficient."
Zeo says the resulting material that is recyclable, "as strong as ebony" and can be shaped using a range of techniques that make it suitable for use in "any industry requiring woods, plastics and resins for manufacturing." At higher densities, Zeoform is water- and fire-resistant and the company is also working on coatings that could resist some of the most extreme weather conditions.
Zeo is launching a crowd-funding campaign October 19th and 20th during the LA Green Festival.
Source: Zeoform via Inhabitat
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Brazilian-Italian Antonio Pasolini graduated in journalism in Brazil before heading out to London for an MA in film and television studies. He fell in love with the city and spent 13 years there as a film reviewer before settling back in Brazil. Antonio's passion for green issues - and the outdoors - eventually got the best of him and since 2007 he's been writing about alternative energy, sustainability and new technology.
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From the article and website I can not tell if the material can be used in a 3 d printer to print small objects or a whole house. Does the cure make printing a house not practical? Could 'LOGS" be premade and assembled into a cabin/house on site? Printing seems a great option if it can be done! Why not? Eric
Is it "as strong as Ebony" across the grain or with the grain? Sure would be nice to see more numbers for things like strength, stiffness, toughness, density, and other things of interest to a designer, like color. The feedstock is also nicknamed "swellulose" for its normal reaction to changes in humidity. I can only assume that no news is bad news here.
Looks like a great material, wood already contains glues as that is how it holds itself together.
Use hemp and would be massively strong and almost water/rot proof naturally. Plus it grow fast like a weed. many places could get 4 crops/yr on marginal land for use as fuels, fibers, clothes, building materials, etc.
How heavy is that chair? Just wondering about the weight of this stuff.
Looks like the next 3D printer material.
Really would like to see more on the stuff's properties.
One issue not mentioned at all is a comparison between how much energy it costs to make Zeoform-based products vs. the competition..
Tässäkö Suomen puunjalostusteollisuuden uusi tulevaisuus? (Is this the new Finnish wood-processing industry of the future?)
Great product and what a beautiful, sleek design it's created. Let's hope we see a lot more of this ground breaking stuff. Lainie
For anyone interested in more technical data. Zeoform has updated its data sheets: http://www.zeoform.com/technical-data/
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