An international team of researchers have used an innovative papermaking process to produce simple yet effective papermaking tools that can be easily and cheaply copied and shared among colleagues.
The researchers have shown that an unconventional, but very effective, technique called the hand papermaking is a very promising, yet very expensive and difficult tool for printing.
The papermaking of hand-made paper is a skill which has been traditionally limited to specialists.
For the first time in a long time, the research team from The University of The Netherlands, The Max Planck Institute for Chemical Engineering and The University Medical Center Groningen, have now shown how a simple and effective paper-making technique can be made by students, professionals and even students themselves.
The research is published in Nature Communications.
The team from the Max Planke Institute for Chemistry and The Technische Universität Berlin in Germany, the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and the University Medical Centre Groningen studied a papermaking method called a bicubic, a cross-cutting process that allows the paper to be cut and cut in half at high speed and to be then printed on a large surface.
The study also showed that the process is very economical.
To demonstrate that it is easy to print on a wide range of surfaces, the team of students and their collaborators took part in a demonstration project at the University’s Technology Transfer Center.
The bicubi process is a simple but effective method to produce a simple paper, called a sheet.
The University’s students, who were able to complete the demonstration, were able, in one week, to print an 8x9x12 sheet.
This size is very suitable for printing on large surfaces, which allows the students to take their time with the production of the paper.
The university’s research team said the success of the demonstration project indicates the importance of the bicubs papermaking procedure for the papermaking industry.
“The biciubs paper makes a very economical and reliable tool for print-making,” the team said.
“We found that it can be done by a large number of students in a relatively short time, and that the students were able not only to make the paper, but to print it on a very wide variety of materials,” they added.
“The paper making method was very easy to understand and to implement.”
The bicalubic process is also relatively easy to learn.
The students who participated in the demonstration were able and motivated to understand the process, which was taught in a short time.
“It is interesting to see how easy the students are to follow the process and to make use of the material,” said researcher Dr Christoph Schindler, a professor in the Faculty of Chemistry.
“This is one of the most successful demonstrations of the importance and potential of the student-produced bicucu papermaking,” said Professor Christoph Sauer, the co-author of the study.
The new research, however, is not the first papermaking experiment to be conducted by students.
For example, in 2017, a team of Swiss students made a paper using a bicaluba-like process.
The scientists from The Max-Planck Institute in The Netherlands and the Technische University in Germany also used a bialubic paper-printing technique to print out a number of large, transparent objects.