Massachusetts Patent of the Month – November 2022

Our global population just hit 8 billion. With a growing population comes a growing footprint and an accumulation of waste. It also comes with a need for more sustainable and functional options as well as better recycling and waste management. MetaComb, Inc. has developed and patented a unique material that brings a second life to existing materials.

Their MetaComb™ material is a honeycomb paper-core composite made from repurposed corrugated cardboard. This sustainable design has been proven effective as panel-board composites in building and shipping. 

Recently, the company has patented a new design for a translucent building material made of scrap corrugated cardboard. This new material maintains their sustainable practices while advancing the aesthetic appeal they offer. They can be used as tiles on a floor, wall, or even a lighting fixture.

The manufacturing process includes holding stacks of corrugated cardboard pieces together and saturating them with an agent that fills in the holes. These stacks are then machined into the desired shapes. These polymer components combine and expand through the cardboard filling the entire space. The cardboard is especially absorbent, ensuring the polymers absorb and create a continuous, rigid bond on the molecular level. The cardboard is then removed, leaving behind a translucent tile with the same structure and rigidity of the company’s MetaComb™ material.

This simple manufacturing process achieves a lightweight, strong material that is easy to install and completely sustainable. 

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