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Bioleather

Material Name

Manufacturer

MC 6185-02

NATURALS

Tough, flexible, translucent sheets that are made of bacterial cellulose. Bacterial cellulose is produced as a secretion from bacteria fed a sugary solution (in this case pineapple juice) in a warm bath. These sheets are made from remnant cuts from the larger sheets, with the majority of the sheet used to produce beauty care products. The leftover parts are pressed together with a roller forming a single homogenous sheet and dried in a hot-air oven. Finally, they are rigidized with hard paraffin, much in the way that waxed cotton is treated, making it impervious to water. The resulting membrane is claimed to be equivalent in stiffness to aluminum for the same weight, has a leather-like hand, and good mechanical properties such as tear strength and stitchability. They are offered in 290 x 200 mm (11.4 x 7.9 in) and in a nominal thickness of 1.2 mm (0.05 in). It can be customized in color, texture, thickness (give the bacteria more time) and in size (use a larger bath), giving it advantages over leather. The sheets can be used in many of the places that leather is currently used, for example as a fabric for bags and upholstery, and for accessories.
Manufacturer

Manufacturer

PROCESSING + APPLICATIONS
PROCESSING
  • Additive Manufacturing No
  • Blow Molding No
  • Casting No
  • Cold Pressing / Deep Drawing No
  • Die cutting Yes
  • Extrusion No
  • Injection Molding No
  • Lamination Yes
  • Metal Working Tools No
  • Printing Yes
  • Rotomolding No
  • Stitching Yes
  • Thermoforming/Compression Molding No
  • Welding No
  • Wood Working Tools No
APPLICATIONS
  • N/A
CUSTOMIZATION
  • N/A
Properties
PERFORMANCE PROPERTIES
  • Acoustics
    Sound Absorbing
  • Chemical Resistance
    Medium
  • Colorfastness
    Medium
  • Fire resistance
    Medium
  • Impact Resistance
    Good
  • Outdoor use
    No
  • Reflectivity
    Light Absorbing
  • Scratch resistance
    Medium
  • Stain Resistance
    High
  • Tear Resistance
    High
  • Thermal Conductivity
    Low
  • Usage Temperature
    Low
  • UV Resistance
    Medium
  • Water Resistance
    High
  • Wear Resistance
    Medium
PHYSICAL PROPERTIES
  • Stiffness
    Flexible
  • Structure
    Closed
  • Surface/Texture
    Matte
  • Transparency
    Translucent
  • Surface Hardness
    Semi-Hard
CERTIFICATIONS
  • N/A
Sustainability
SUSTAINABILITY
  • Biodegradable
  • Biopolymers
  • Compostable
  • Low Carbon Footprint
  • Low Toxicity
  • Renewable Content
  • Waste Material Content