Focusing on aluminium shavings, an excess from subtractive manufacturing that is perfectly recyclable, I explored processes that require approximately 1/3 of the energy input to traditional melting, to transform contaminated aluminium into a solid billet.
By using diffusion bonding, the shavings are pressed and intertwined with each other, maintaining the main properties of refined aluminium, leaving out some of the most energy-consuming steps for fusing. This enables a fast and efficient process, to the extent that shavings can be used in their entirety, reducing to a minimum any material loss. This process ensures an additional life cycle for the material before remelting it.
· RCA2020 — Royal College of Art, July 2020
· WIP Show — Royal College of Art, January 2020