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In the very near future, you’ll be able to 3D print real wooden furniture
Digital Trends ^ | February 26, 2014 | Drew Prindle

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 hasn’t 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 isn’t 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 AXYZ’s 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 isn’t 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 it’s 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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 3dprinters; 3dprinting; furniture; manufacturing

1 posted on 02/27/2014 2:10:13 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So will the new insert listening devices in these so they can keep track of us?


2 posted on 02/27/2014 2:14:10 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


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.
3 posted on 02/27/2014 2:20:08 AM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


4 posted on 02/27/2014 2:35:31 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (Did the ancients know they were ancients? Or did they see themselves as presents?)
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To: equaviator

If God had meant man to fly, he would have given him wings, eh?


5 posted on 02/27/2014 2:46:32 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A spaced out nerds wet dream. He has not spent much time around wood


6 posted on 02/27/2014 2:50:07 AM PST by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet


The airfoil as we know it came out of the minds of men. That's even better than having feathered as part our own bodies. How else can 500 people be transported over thousands of miles on a single pair of wings?
7 posted on 02/27/2014 2:57:58 AM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: equaviator

should read “...feathered wings...”


8 posted on 02/27/2014 2:59:18 AM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: equaviator

“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.


9 posted on 02/27/2014 3:23:11 AM PST by PreciousLiberty
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sounds like a new version of particle board.


10 posted on 02/27/2014 3:30:10 AM PST by Fresh Wind (The last remnants of the Old Republic have been swept away.)
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To: All

I better sell my IKEA stock!


11 posted on 02/27/2014 4:10:23 AM PST by Klemper
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To: Fresh Wind

Or OSB


12 posted on 02/27/2014 4:35:12 AM PST by riverrunner
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

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.


13 posted on 02/27/2014 5:49:08 AM PST by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I saw this coming and I think it is plane wrong.


14 posted on 02/27/2014 5:50:41 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Kirkwood

You nailed it! ;)


15 posted on 02/27/2014 5:54:14 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Kirkwood

That was punny!


16 posted on 02/27/2014 6:31:49 AM PST by PoloSec ( Believe the Gospel: how that Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again)
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To: Kirkwood

Stop going against the grain!


17 posted on 02/27/2014 7:30:44 AM PST by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty

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.


18 posted on 02/27/2014 7:37:58 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Kirkwood

As soon as I saw this latest post, I knew you deserved the axe! :)


19 posted on 02/27/2014 8:07:34 AM PST by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty

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.


20 posted on 02/27/2014 8:20:30 AM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: equaviator

“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 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 also need to read the article. The process uses actual wood, and the manufacturer refers to it as “additive manufacturing” not “3D printing”.


21 posted on 02/27/2014 1:13:39 PM PST by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty

I was just being critical of the headline.


22 posted on 02/27/2014 4:18:47 PM PST by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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