26 May Forust is Printing 3D Genuine Wood Parts – Using Waste Materials!
Forust is a company based in Burlington, Massachusetts that is taking sustainability to new levels. Using a phrase that has magician-like connotations, Forust makes products from…rematerialized wood! It uses wood waste as the ‘ink’ to print with a robotic 3D printer and make everything from everyday home goods to high-end architectural detailing. Forust can create parts for virtually any application where virgin wood parts are used. Parts printed with this process can be finished to mimic a wide variety of wood species including oak, teak, and walnut. In addition to grained surfaces, Forust can also produce a grain-free material that becomes a base for further post-processing, or a neutral aesthetic for end-use parts. The company can even digitally reproduce rare, exotic and endangered wood species, or develop custom wood grains and finishes.
The Forust-configured Shop System features a compact, high-speed, single-pass print engine, making it ideal for batch-production of small to medium-sized wood parts. Featuring a large build volume of 180 x 90 x 30 cm, the RAM 336 is a large-format, single-pass printer capable of high-throughput mass production of wood parts.
Potential customers can submit their own custom designs for printing using the Forust process, and can partner with Forust to produce custom, 3D-printed wood products at volume.
Forust was founded to make high-volume wood 3D printing affordable, reliable, and sustainable. The process applies the speed, precision and quality of binder jetting to produce strong, lightweight, wood components that are derived from two wood waste streams, sawdust and lignin. The process’s inventors believe that “responsible material value chains are critical to achieving net-zero carbon emissions, and that additive re-materialization will play an important role in building this sustainable future.” With its high-speed, high-resolution 3D printing, Forust is giving new life to a discarded resource while creating strong, beautiful and carbon-friendly wood products from wood waste. For each tree saved, the company can reduce the CO2 footprint by a metric ton over the tree’s life. Every year, 15 billion trees are cut down to produce paper, build homes, and make furniture. From this, millions of tons of wood waste are generated annually. A portion of this waste is recovered and sold to downstream markets to make products such as particleboard or wood pellets. The remaining sawdust is either burned (contributing to air pollution) or sent to a landfill. Though biodegradable, as sawdust decomposes it releases high concentrations of lignin and fatty acids, which can contaminate water supplies and potentially poison wildlife and micro-organisms. This new process can significantly reduce the amount of sawdust sent to landfills or incinerators by processing it for 3D printing, and simultaneously combat deforestation by producing sustainable products from wood waste. Parts printed using the Forust process can be used in a wide variety of applications – from consumer goods to luxury interiors.