The course New Materials and
Means of Production aims at extending the knowledge and capability of the
students in dealing with emerging materials and technologies, methods of
production, and product concept development through prototyping,
visualizations, and explorative designs methods. The students also gain a basic
understanding of conducting research into materials or methods and writing
Each year, this
cross-disciplinary course is designed based on a specific topic generally
arranged in collaboration with external institutions and companies or with
other departments or schools at Aalto University.
The main topic of the 2020 New
Materials and Means of Production course is linked to the EU project NONTOX. The overall objective of NONTOX is to increase the recycling rates of plastics waste from electronic, automotive, and building industries by developing and optimising recycling processes to produce safe and high quality secondary plastic materials. Increasing recycling rates is crucial for the implementation of a circular economy as clearly stated in the EU Plastic Strategy. NONTOX focuses on the removal of hazardous and undesired substances from plastic waste taking into account the whole value chain: sorting and pre-treatment techniques, recycling technologies but also post-treatment techniques.
More information about the NONTOX project can be found here: