Ceramic Foam

Abandonment of chemical additives in the manufacturing process

31 Juli 2019

Ceramic Foam is a fascinating material characterized by its airiness, its open porous surface and cellular structure. By foaming the volume of the original ceramic material increases, generating structures that are lightweight as well as resilient. Foam structures can also be found in nature, like for instance in cell formation or human bone structure. Foamed materials are attractive because of their extended functional properties and material savings. However, conventional foam production processes in the ceramics industry are energy-intensive and problematic in terms of emissions.

without industrial-technical effort

FOAM is a patent-pending process that does without chemical additives and enables the production of ceramic foams without industrial-technical effort. In the sense of a sample catalogue technical interfaces, further processing as well as different design and surface qualities were designed on the basis of exemplary applications and the process was further developed into the material product FOAM. On this basis, the material is recommended for various applications and can be used to design products. In addition to its functional and technical properties, FOAM also stands out for its aesthetic qualities. For example, the material is suitable for designing wall tiles for the interior. Compared to conventional ceramic tiles, they are characterised by their inner foam structure, which saves both material and weight. Due to the air retained in the cell structure, the tiles absorb the acoustic sound and also have an insulating effect. The porous surface collects excess moisture from the air and releases it as required. The tile system comprises a complete tile system of different surfaces, sizes, corner solutions and a defined colour palette. The material qualities allow interiors to appear in a special ambience, from one‹s own living room to restaurants, workplaces, hotels, church buildings or swimming pools. In his projects, Ralph Zähringer develops products and researches materials and technologies with the aim of creative application.