Main objective is the development of a new productive process for the recycling of sludges produced during the industrial processing of Natural Stone products.
Nowadays, sludges deposits are mostly deposited in poorly controlled or uncontrolled dumps causing a significant environmental impact in producer regions.
Based on previous experience from research project at lab scale, a possible application for the sludges is the 3D printing solution.
Valorization of the sludges will be achieved by means of a new process of the products based on a new technology.
In this project, a pilot plan for 3D printing has been performed and the resulting sludge has been used as raw materials in SME.
Today the result of the pilot project certifies by a national accreditation body the level of quality of the “eco” material.
Today the research in this area focus on the reuse of sludge using a drying process.
It’s developing a fabrication of new products based on the recycled sludges, includes bricks, self-mounting construction products, pre-cast products including concrete beams, joists, concrete bricks, panels, agglomerated stone and cement industry.
The final characteristics of those products respect to the conventional products in addition to being “eco” have all the advantages of 3D printing:
Shorter time to market
Lower development costs