3D printing in Wood
It’s finally here: wood has become the newest material used for 3D Printing.
I.materialise is an online 3D printing service for people with an eye for design and helps you turn your ideas into 3D printed reality. Last month they introduced Wood-based 3D printing.
How does it work?
Radhika Dhuru from Materialise explains: "Models printed in wood material are constructed from a brown, very fine powder made from wood chips. The finished models have a brown, granular, sandy look with a slightly porous surface. We use laser sintering for 3D printing wooden objects, which offers you lots of design freedom and needs no support structures. Wood is perfect for complex models, including architectural scale models or figurines, as it allows for interlocking and moving parts."
Materialise organised the so-called 3D Printed Wood Challenge. "Our five winners capsulate the different advantages of wood as a 3D Printing material, by harnessing the design freedom of this uniquely primeval-yet-futuristic material," writes Dhuru in her blogpost, which shows the work of the competitors;
- James Novak’s ‘Hexa-Phone Amplifier’, won the 3D Printed Wood Challenge. It shows the potential of 3D-printed wood for useful home décor items and tech gadgets. The simple design perfectly suits the clean and sandy look of 3D-printed wood.
- The ‘Wooden Crate’ by Ferdinand Jahnke can be used as an off-beat pen-holder for your desk, and shows how 3D-printed wood could be used for creating scale models and small-scale reproductions of typical wooden objects.
- Odette Coutant’s ‘Tree Napkin Ring’ combines the basic structure and surface of a tree with the simplicity of a stylish napkin ring.
- Kurt Plagge’s design embraces the potential for interlocking and movable parts with this 3D Printing technology in the ‘Wood Rack’, inspired by an oil rig, which can be moved and operated by hand.
- Models printed in our wood material are constructed from a brown, very fine powder made from wood chips.
- Your model will have a brown, granular, rough look.
- The surface has a sandy, granular look, and is slightly porous. You can see this effect in the following images:
- If forced, objects printed in wood can break. That’s why we advise you to use this material for models that you put on your desk or on a shelf such as architectural scale models, figurines and awards.
- Wood is perfect for complex models, as it allows for interlocking and moving parts.
Models printed in wood material are constructed from a brown, very fine powder made from wood chips. The surface has a sandy, granular look, and is slightly porous. Wood is perfect for complex models, as it allows for interlocking and moving parts. Learn more about the technical specifications of wood as a 3D Printing material and other practical tips over at I.Materialise
Materialise is member of the Mikrocentrum High Tech Platform and specialised in Additive Manufacturing.