Wood can be shaped into almost any form
The biomimicry of wood grain all the way through
Powered by Desktop Metal®'s binder jetting 3D printing technology, Forust is a sustainable alternative for traditional wood manufacturing. By combining the speed, precision, and quality of binder jetting with two wood waste byproducts - sawdust and lignin, you can now produce strong and lightweight wood components that take advantage of 3D printing's design freedom and offer a reduction in your carbon footprint with a responsible material value chain.
Annually, millions of tons of wood waste are generated. A part of it is being recovered and sold to downstream markets for the production of particleboard or wood pallets for energy. The remaining sawdust is either burned or sent to landfills – having a tremendous negative impact on the environment, despite its biodegradability.
The sawdust releases high concentrations of lignin and fatty acids as it decomposes. This leads to contaminated water supplies, with the risk of poisoning the wildlife and other microorganisms.
Forust’s environmental impact is twofold – significantly reducing the amount of sawdust sent to landfills or incineration by processing it for 3D printing, and combating deforestation by producing sustainable products from wood waste.
From consumer goods in any retail store to luxury automotive and home interiors, with the help of the Forust process, the printed parts are durable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.
“The Forust technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
Bill McDonough FAIA, Author of “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things“
Flexural strength90 MPa
Flexural modulus2.3 GPa
Density0.60 - 1.2 g/cm3