Skip to comments.In the very near future, you’ll be able to 3D print real wooden furniture
Posted on 02/27/2014 2:10:13 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
Back when 3D printing was just kicking off, there was much talk of a future where people could download new furniture designs, print them, and furnish their living rooms with new pieces whenever they pleased. But despite the fact that 3D printing your own furniture is totally possible now, it hasnt really caught on for one simple reason nobody wants to fill their house with a bunch of snap-together plastic furniture.
But the dream of printing your own furnishings isnt dead yet. A fledgling company by the name of 4 AXYZ has developed a process that allows you to 3D print stuff using high-quality wood, and hopes to use the technology to offer affordable, custom-designed furniture.
The company is being very secretive about how the technology works, but from what we understand, the process is slightly different when compared with how a traditional 3D printer works. Instead of putting down layers of plastic with an extruder, 4 AXYZs machine works by combining small, uniformly-cut pieces of wood and securing the layers together with a special binding process. Founder and CEO Samir Shah actually prefers to put the manufacturing technique under the broader term additive manufacturing because there isnt any sort of liquid ink involved in the process.
Once you take a look at one of the objects this tech produces, the benefits of this method are immediately apparent. Somehow, the pieces come out with a natural looking wood grain to them, giving them a warmer, more living room-friendly appearance. And because its produced via additive manufacturing, there are very few limitations on what form the furniture can take. Check out some of their designs below.
In addition to furniture, Shah says 4 AXYZ could eventually print smart wood pieces studded with sensors. For example, a smart railing could detect when people go up or down a stairway and automatically switch off lights on turn on heat. Smart floors, on the other hand, could detect when a stranger enters a home and alert its owners or the authorities. Essentially, this tech could be used to design concealed smart devices that are seamlessly integrated into your house no more gaudy retrofitted sensors necessary.
At this point, 4 AXYZ is seeking funding to bring this tech past the prototype stage, but with money in hand, Shah says it would be ready to set up shop immediately. Find out more here.
So will the new insert listening devices in these so they can keep track of us?
I have the technology to print 3D objects into 2D objects. This technology allows me to enlarge or shrink the object and store it using much less space. I call the device a camera.
If God had meant man to fly, he would have given him wings, eh?
A spaced out nerds wet dream. He has not spent much time around wood
should read “...feathered wings...”
“When you think of 3D printed “real wood furniture” think of the inside of one of these because there is no substitute for a tree and the lumber used in manufacturing real wooden items such as furniture and baseball bats.”
You might want to read the actual article...
Actually I expect there might be a nice veneer like possibility, with a lightweight, high-strength core covered with 1/4” of wood or so. That would have benefits, and be much better than traditional veneer.
Sounds like a new version of particle board.
I better sell my IKEA stock!
I don’t know that this really replaces wood furniture, but it seems most furniture is either veneered MDF/particle board or real wood, with not much in between.
This would seem to occupy an interesting middle ground - stronger, more customizable, more interesting than veneered MDF/particle board. Hopefully less expensive than real wood.
I saw this coming and I think it is plane wrong.
You nailed it! ;)
That was punny!
Stop going against the grain!
Let’s be on the level. I’m just doing my bit. When I hear about a bunch of chiselers trying to gouge and screw us, I want to hammer home the point and nail them square in the jaw. I guess there’s nothing more to adze. I’m finished.
As soon as I saw this latest post, I knew you deserved the axe! :)
You can’t duplicate the quality of the lumber from a real tree with 3D printing. 3D printers cannot grow trees and they can’t print lumber.
“You cant duplicate the quality of the lumber from a real tree with 3D printing. 3D printers cannot grow trees and they cant print lumber.You cant duplicate the quality of the lumber from a real tree with 3D printing. 3D printers cannot grow trees and they cant print lumber.”
You also need to read the article. The process uses actual wood, and the manufacturer refers to it as “additive manufacturing” not “3D printing”.
I was just being critical of the headline.