Another life for Murano glass

WASP is technical partner of the project VERO2, carried on by Matteo Silverio, that aims to give antoher life to Murano glass waste.

In fact, Murano glass can’t be recycled like the normal glass due to the pigment used to color it. Silverio, through the usage of a 3D printer, managed to create pieces composed totally by Murano glass waste, introducing a new solution to its recycling problem.

Recycling: pieces composed 100% by Murano glass

The ink is composed by 97% of Murano glass powder, that after the printing is cooked at 700°C. The process works at room temperature and when it is baked, the 3% of the compound that is not glass melts, so the final product is 100% Murano glass.

VERO in Italian means true, and in Venetian dialect means glass, so the title VERO VERO means real glass. This project combines the ancient traditional craftmanship with most advanced technologies.

The shape of the objects has been generated by an algorithm optimized to simulate a fluid geometry, in continous changing. It simulates the sinous curves of Venetian lagoon velme and ghebi.

3D printed glass final pieces

just printed pieces
cooked pieces
(the piece on the right is voluntarily twisted)

Venice glass week 2021

Final pieces are exposed at the Venice glass week 2021 at Maison203 store. In addition to these pieces, there will be a hybridization between 3D printing and hand work done by the expert Nicola Moretti.

The 3D printer for glass

To print Murano glass, Matteo used a modified Delta WASP 2040 Clay, the perfect LDM printer to experiment with fluids materials. WASP is always on the first line to collaborate to try new materials and find new solutions through technologies.