Desktop Metal®

FORUST

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.

Get to Net-Zero

with 3D Printing

Worldwide, every year, 15 billion trees are cut down to produce paper, build homes or make furniture. The resulted waste from wood cutting and processing continues to affect our environment. Due to Desktop Metal®’s innovative Binder Jetting™ technology, it is now possible to produce isotropic, high-strength, and sustainable wood parts for many industries while helping in building a greener and sustainable future. How? Forust combines two wood industry key derivates: sawdust and lignin, to create beautiful end-use products by 3D printing.

 

Environmental Impact

 

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. 

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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. 

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Forust’s contribution

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.

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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.

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For each tree saved, we reduce the CO2 footprint by a metric ton over the tree’s life.

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Advantages 



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Production of Complex Wood Designs

3D printing opens a new design space for wood-based products. Because parts are formed layer by layer without the need for supports, designers can optimize parts and create complex features which would be difficult – if not impossible – to achieve with traditional woodworking methods.

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High-Quality Materials and Finishes

From Ash to Zebrano, Ebony to Mahogany, the Forust 3D printing process is able to mimic almost any wood grain. Forust makes 3D printed digitally rematerialized wood with grain that flows across the entire part which can be sanded or refinished.

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Cost-Effective Carbon Footprint Reduction

Forust processes and materials are designed to make it easy and cost-effective for manufacturers to produce sustainable wood parts.

“The Forust technology is indistinguishable from magic.”
Bill McDonough FAIA, Author of “Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

Throughput Options

Batch Production

The Forust-configured Shop System™ features a compact, high-speed, single-pass print engine, and it is ideal for batch-production of small- to medium-sized wood parts.

Build size:
350 x 220 x 200 mm

Throughput: 3 L/hr

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Mass Production

 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.

Build size:
1800 x 900 x 300 mm

Throughput: 106 L/hr

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Applications

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Luxury interiors

By FORUST

Forust can create sustainable rematerialized wood parts in a wide range of materials including rare and exotic grain structures.

Application
  • Automotive
    • Luxury vehicles’ interiors
  • Architecture
    • High-end homes
Technology/Process

Desktop Metal’s Binder Jetting™ Technology


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Furniture

By Forust

Due to the Forust process, endless design possibilities and complex geometries are now possible even for furniture manufacturers.

Full Description

They can manage digital inventories and fulfill orders on-demand due to the cost-effective tooling-free production ensured by Desktop Metal’s binder jetting technology.

Technology/Process

Desktop Metal’s Binder Jetting™ Technology


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Architecture

By Forust

Architects can create unique decorative panels and other architectural accents utilizing CAD tools and generative design.

Application
  • Architecture
    • Decorative panels
    • High-end homes accents
Technology/Process

Desktop Metal’s Binder Jetting™ Technology


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Consumer goods

By Forust

Designers can explore new geometries and applications for an age-old material that can be used in consumer products.

Application
  • Consumer goods
Technology/Process

Desktop Metal’s Binder Jetting™ Technology


Materials

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Wood grains

Parts printed with the Forust process can be finished to mimic many wood species such as natural, oak, teak, and walnut.

 

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Grainless wood

Forust can also produce in a unique way grainless material thus providing a base for yet to come post-processing or a neutral aesthetic for end-use parts.

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Custom development

Digital reproduction of rare, exotic, and endangered wood species can be developed for custom-based wood grains and finishes.

 

Material Performance

Forustwood is a composite of wood particles encased in a bio-epoxy resin, with a strength similar to wood. It can be readily worked, fastened and finished with conventional wood finishing methods.

Flexural strength
Flexural strength
90 MPa
Flexural modulus
Flexural modulus
2.3 GPa
Density
Density
0.60 - 1.2 g/cm3