On this occasion we have to talk about a new program in which today there are many researchers from different institutions and centers in Finland, Chile, Peru, Argentina, Norway or Germany who are working to achieve develop bioplastics for 3D printing from waste both agricultural and forestry such as pine sawdust or sugarcane bagasse.
This study has resulted in a proposal baptized with the name of ValBio-3D o Evaluation of biomass residues for materials with high added value for 3D Bio-printing, through which an attempt is being made to develop a methodology that allows the production of biomaterials, integrating bioplastics and nanocelluloses from waste from mills and sawmills.
Argentina is developing the methodology to create filaments for 3D printing from agricultural and forest waste.
This project is being coordinated by doctor Maria Cristina Area, independent researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technical Research of Argentina and vice director of the Misiones Materials Institute. In the words of this researcher:
The development of this type of product is very incipient. Currently, 3D printers work with plastics derived from petroleum. Our goal is to be able to obtain materials that are sustainable and that also have good resistance, something that will be possible through the use of nanocellulose.
3D printers have generated a huge revolution and are currently capable of producing all kinds of elements of different sizes, even prostheses. That these objects are made of materials obtained from renewable resources will be a great achievement.