Today we have an exclusive post from Anthony at UC Berkeley. Anthony’s project takes on a lot of different issues, but with a very astute and open mind. Dealing with the ever increasing garbage problem in the world, Anthony developed a way to use waste paper and plastic as building materials in a very unique way, utilizing a 3d printer. Take a look at Anthony’s unique and interesting solution to a growing problem.
SCHOOL: University of California, Berkeley
STUDENT: Anthony M Giannini - www.labAMG.com
PROFESSORS: Ronald Rael
COURSE: Master’s Thesis
reFUSE_Thesis Video_cut1 from Anthony Giannini on Vimeo.
“Our consumer-oriented society has created a shifting paradigm in which trash is now our largest renewable resource: a new non-natural nature. Paper and plastic comprise over 50% of the globe’s landfill. When this waste is perceived as a new-natural resource it can be mined to produce the building materials of the future. It is imperative that we integrate this ubiquitous resource into emergent rapid manufacturing technologies coupled with a real-time, hands-on-digital approach. Americans alone, throw away enough office paper to build a 12’ high wall from LA to NY and enough plastic bottles to circle the globe 4 times each year.
Re-fuse explores how paper and plastic can be transformed into multi-performative materials—cellulose fiber and extruded recycled plastics, how these materials, when calibrated through digital design and fabrication processes, can create architectural skins that respond to views and light and create insulation and water proofing, and proposes a new vision for additive manufacturing at large scales.
Paper and plastic have added an inconceivable amount to the ubiquitous cultural waste that literally covers the globe, embedding in them the greatest potential for repurposing. The methodology for potentializing these materials as performative materials, as generated through the additive manufacturing process, was through a series of empirical studies. Paper and plastic (PP) have an integrally complementary relationship that proves highly practicable as building materials and assemblies. In the case of refuse, the strategized dichotomy between these materials is essential. “
Lastly Anthony actually invented a way of 3D-Printing Waste Paper . He created a way to process the waste paper by hand to create a formula that successfully prints in a ZCorp310 3D-Printer.
Check out the rest of Anthony’s work at www.labAMG.com.
F+ Original Submission by Anthony Giannini