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Sample of projects developed by students of the Industrial Design career of the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, in the subject of Design and Business taught by Gerardo Sandoval Osio and advised by Pedro Arturo Ruiz, together with POLYBION, an environmentalist company that develops biomaterials.
POLYBION is a technology company that develops and begins to market biomaterials, which are cultivated instead of manufactured, derived completely from nature and reabsorbed by it. These materials are produced through economically efficient processes, with minimal environmental impact. For this exercise the students used Fungicel (an expanded polystyrene substitute) and Celium (a bacterial leather).
The exhibition shows the vision, processes and results of the exercise addressed by the students in search of expanding the applications of two materials developed by POLYBION in their plant, taking their processes to limits unknown to them and approaching possible new users and markets. The exercise generated enough knowledge for the company to identify both constraints and opportunities for improvement in its manufacturing and communication processes.
This is a sign that Design does not always manifest tangible, in this case we are pleased to understand and prove that our discipline is also a mean for research and knowledge generator.
27 students of FARQ (Faculty of Architecture) developed 9 different projects, in which they had to understand the materials from their production processes, properties, characteristics and purpose, to propose possible applications in markets unexplored by the company.
Pop Up Store (shelving system)
Modular system for pop up stores that, when disposed, does not cause ecological impact. Three basic elements were designed, being counter, display and shelving, they can be adapted to a wide variety of configurations.
Set of 3 containers for the cultivation of aromatic plants for cooking. Due to the characteristics of the bio composite Fungicel, they maintain humidity, temperature and provide nutrients to plants.
Panel 1532 (acoustic panel)
Modular acoustic panel created from the cymatics, the study of the art and science of sound geometry. The panel works for medium diffusion and isolation due to the 1532 Hz frequency pattern and the porous and rigid characteristics of Fungicel.
Feed (feeder for wild animals)
Biodegradable feeder to feed animals in natural parks. It has the purpose of educating the assistants of the parks on the correct feeding of animals. At the end of its life, the feeder returns to the environment, providing nutrients to plants and microorganisms in the area.
Moon (modular furniture)
Modular furniture for recreational spaces. Thinking about the lightness and texture of Fungicel, the modules were designed with the purpose of interacting with them by accommodating them in different ways to create personalized spaces.
Light backpack designed for urban use. It is constructed from folds and assemblies. It seeks to denote simplicity from the manufacturing process, form and use. Made of Celium and organic wool felt.
Umbrella that was ideated from the analysis of the characteristics of Celium, taking advantage of its impermeability. Nelum seeks to break the paradigms of skin applications with a new substitute material.
Foldable container from a sheet of Celium, based on origami principles. Thanks to the properties of the material, it is possible to be thrown directly into a natural environment without damaging it.
Quetzal (falconry cap)
Adjustable falconry cap made with Celium for use in falconry focused on the practice and conservation of the golden eagle. The fastening element in the upper part to facilitate the falconer the adjustment of cap and seams to protect the eagle's eye.
The exhibition opening was held at the facilities of the Nave Generadores of the Parque Fundidora in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, on September 5, 2018. The event was attended by teachers and heads from the Industrial Design bachelor of the UANL, the founding members of the Polybion, as well as family members and classmates of the students.
In addition to the activities of the exhibition, guided visits were held throughout the month of exhibition by the students, ending the activities on October 7, 2018.