DIY Biomaterials: A Factory in Your Kitchen

Make your own printing material, recycle your prints, and learn to work with biomaterials.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


May 04, 2013 from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)

As part of our forum on making 3D Printing more sustainable, get your hands dirty and learn to make your own biomaterials in this three-part workshop:

Part 1: 3D Printing with Biomaterials: How to master CAD and ensure a quality print. With Roman Jurt from the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and FabLab Lucerne amd Florian Barbato from the Swiss company BioApply.

Part 2: Make Your Own Biomaterial: Steps and Challenges of DIY PLA (Polylactic Acid, the most common biomaterial in 3D Printing). With Miloh Alexander of Type A Machines and Noisebridge.

Part 3: Parameters and Criteria for Sustainable Production. With Prof. Maurice Th. Jutz from the Swiss Centre for Efficiency.

Beginners welcome. BYOL (bring your own laptop) suggested.


10:30 am  doors open, brunch served
11:00 am  introductions
11:30 am  workshops begin
2:30 pm  show and tell
3:00 pm  doors close





Christian Haeuselmann

Christian Haeuselmann is an innovation-driven Swiss economist and serial entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in the Cleantech sector, both with startups and global organizations. Today he lives in San Diego, California, developing strategic partnerships between Swiss and US Cleantech entrepreneurs as the co-founder of swisscleantech, the leading business association driving innovation and sustainable policy development in Switzerland.
In 2010 he co-founded the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA), driving collaboration among 47 Cleantech clusters from across the world, representing 10,000 Cleantech companies. In 1996, he won the young entrepreneur award for his first startup company BKTech and the development and market introduction of the powerful FLYER electric bike.


Lina Constantinovici

Lina Constantinovici is the Founder of StartupNectar, a Biomimicry Incubator based on nature’s strategies and focused on increasing the number of viable biomimetic products, services, and organizations in the world. For over 20 years, Lina has been engaged in innovation in the public, private, and NGO sectors as an entrepreneur, strategist, sustainability consultant and educator.
Lina has worked with the San Francisco Department of Environment as co-author of the Waste Offset Fee Proposal for the City of San Francisco, a financial incentive GHG emissions reduction program towards the city’s zero waste goals, as well as the EPA, Walmart, W Hotels,, and dozens of sustainable startups. She is the recipient of the international RE:STORE award for a sustainable retail center design and was a contributing researcher for the State of Green Business 2008. Lina is invested in building capacity for increasing both the tangible and intangible assets of the communities she is part of. Lina holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School.


Workshop Leaders:


Prof. Maurice Th. Jutz

Prof. Maurice Th. Jutz is a biologist and holds a master’s in environmental management and technology. He is a co-founder of the Swiss Center for Efficiency and has been a lecturer at the University of Applied Science NW-Switzerland for the past fifteen years.
Jutz has been the head of research and development in different Swiss and German private companies for water treatment and material recycling technologies and received the Swiss Technology Award. His work involved international mandates, such as the program of “Cleaner Production Centres” in Brazil, Vietnam, Central America, Jordan and technology transfer projects supported by the Swiss government in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan).


Miloh Alexander

Miloh is an electrical engineer and cofounder of Type A Machines, a 3D printing company based in San Francisco. In 2009 Miloh became involved with the Bay Area RepRap group and the greater RepRap community through the Noisebridge hackerspace. He is currently working in product engineering for Type A Machines, as well as researching the lifecycle and reuse potential of the common feedstocks (PLA and ABS) currently used by low cost thermoplastic extrusion printers.


Roman Jurt

Roman Jurt is a designer, maker, and researcher. He is co-founder of the FabLab—a worldwide network of more than 100 small-scale workshops with tools for personal digital fabrication—in Lucerne and Zurich, Switzerland. Jurt actively works in the open hardware movement, specifically in Do-It-Yourself (DIY) 3D printing. He is currently working at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) as head of the new TEC LAB, where he is developing and implementing new 3D printing technologies, processes, and materials for applications in product design.


Florian Barbato

Florian Barbato is the Business Development Manager of the Swiss company BioApply. The company is offering innovative eco-friendly bio-based solutions. BioApply is the leader on compostable retail bags on the Swiss market. Passionate about innovation, Florian is closely following emerging technologies and next trends. At BioApply, he is now in charge of developing new products combining 3D Technology with the most sustainable approach.



Photo: Myleen Hollero

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