Forust presents a new way to use waste wood
Wood is preferred in the construction industry for its ease of reuse, safety and low environmental impact through sustainable forestry. Today, Forust technology converts waste wood into unique new wood products. It does this by leveraging Desktop Metal’s patented single-pass binder jetting additive manufacturing technology.
The aim is to use waste wood instead of cutting down new trees to source wood, allowing more trees to remain in the forest and improving the sustainability of wood use as material.
The results are similar to conventional wood materials in terms of functionality and strength due to the combination of wood waste and bioresins as an input in the additive manufacturing process (3D printing). Materials can even be produced to include the different grain textures found in natural wood.
Using Desktop Metal’s high-speed 3D printing technology, by-products from the wood manufacturing industry and those from the paper industry are combined with bioresins and converted into new functional wood parts via high-speed 3D printing.
This offers users the possibility of carrying out projects with a greater environmental footprint. Thanks to the additive nature of the production process, designers have more freedom with the shapes and designs they can create. The method of converting waste into high-quality materials could help industries move towards sustainable processes simply by changing their original materials.
Forust’s materials have a wide range of applications, from the mass production of everyday items to the fabrication of high-end architectural pieces. So far he has been used in luxury car interiors, consumer goods, architecture and furniture. It can be customized to produce materials of various densities, colors, mechanical properties and morphologies. Forust can cope with batch manufacturing and mass production scale.
Although 3D printing has been around since the 1980s, it is only in recent years that its potential applications have begun to be fully explored and developed. This means that new applications of 3D printing, such as its use to regenerate waste wood into new materials, are just beginning.
As processes continue to be improved, they will present opportunities for more purposes, and more industries will take advantage of this technology to produce items that may not have previously been possible with conventional wood.
According to experts, the global market for finished wood products is estimated to reach $1.8 trillion by 2027.