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Material (51)

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Limited quantities of Zeoform (material and samples) are available from our Australian plant now.

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We are creating a Licensing Package to manufacture and distribute Zeoform in as many countries as possible to create a vibrant competitive network of companies offering a broad range of Zeoform materials and products to meet local, regional and export demand.

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In short, yes. Comparing the mechanical properties of Zeoform with numerous hard plastics and composite chipboards, Zeoform competes favourably for compression and tensile strength, hardness and durability etc – without any toxic ingredients. For further technical data, click HERE.

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Zeoform’s biggest advantages are its only two ingredients – plant fibres + water. Plant fibres are the largest renewable resource on the planet and Zeoform has the potential to offer a non-toxic process chain from fibre in the field to finished product with full biodegradability after products are discarded. Zeoform is a non-polluting biomass resulting in low net carbon emissions.

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Currently, as a new technology, the know-how hasn’t yet been developed to produce precision components at an industrial scale, competitively – due to lack of technological development.

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Technical (35)

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Once dry Zeoform can be worked just like any wood – drilled, cut, routed, laser-cut, engraved, sanded, coated, polished etc. Zeoform has a very dense, even grain, capable of being nailed, screwed or bolted, depending upon type and density.

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Tests conducted with an Instron 4505 Universal Electromechanical testing machine (Instron, High Wycombe, UK) according to ISO 527 standards indicated tensile modulus values of Zeoform LD (Low Density 0.5g/cm3) at 1500 MPa, Zeoform HD (High Density 1.5g/cm3) at 6550 MPa. The difference in these measurements (a factor of 4) reflects the different densities. These values compare favourably with other materials such as Polyethylene (PE-HD = 1000 MPa), Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC = 3000 MPa). For more technical data, click HERE.

In terms of tensile strength, the differences between Zeoform LD and Zeoform HD are significantly enhanced, revealing a difference of a factor of 8 (Zeoform LD: 7 MPa; Zeoform HD: 55 MPa). Nevertheless, the tensile strength values for Zeoform materials are also comparable to those of the other materials, at least for the higher density range (PE-HD: 25 MPa; PVC: 60 MPa; PF-HM: 25 MPa). At this point it should also be mentioned that specimens of Zeoform with unground surfaces reveal significantly higher tensile strength values, with a tensile strength for Zeoform HD of 75 MPa.

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Zeoform utilises an additive, water-evaporation process to form raw pulp into hard objects. Various shapes and geometries can be achieved using collapsible (male) moulds, multi-compression moulds, sheet makers and other special forming equipment.

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Tests conducted with a Ceast Resil 25 pendulum (Ceast Spa, Turin I) following ISO 179 indicated that Zeoform HD (1.5g/cm3) reached a Charpy impact strength of 14 kJ/m2 and 6 kJ/m2 for un-notched, notched and un-grinded specimens respectively. For more technical data, click HERE.

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Yes. Because Zeoform has no immediate ‘setting time’, spillage can be recycled directly into the production line, or stored for another run. In the future, used Zeoform products may be recycled after removing additives or coatings.

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