Construction of a studio that promotes innovative wood product design and building methods will soon begin at Mississippi State University’s School of Architecture thanks to a $10,000 grant and matching money.
Móz Designs, a fabricator of architectural metal panels and designer laminate surfacing materials, named Erica Lucas national sales manager.
OAKLAND, CA - Wood-based materials have been finding their way into manufactured goods, with applications for injection moulding, fabtrics, even automotive parts. Now a new development from has found an application for "3D printing" using wood-based materials. 3D printing, similar to inkjet printing, uses viscous ink, usually made from plastic. Objects are built in layers of ink, which solidifies as it dries. 3D printing is already being used for product prototyping and one-off novelties. Compact 3D printers sell for under $50,000, and are as small as a water cooler. "One of the things holding 3D printing back is the material used to print objects," writes James Plafke of technology website ExtremeTech. But Oakland-based Emerging Objects, a spin off of architectural firm Rael San Fratello Architects, has created new 3D printing materials made from fiber-reinforced concrete, salt and wood. Wood-based biopolymer used in injection molding>> Ford invents ‘liquid wood’ compound>> Other materials being used for 3D printing are made from nylon ... acrylic, and recycled hardwood and softwood - "which can also be fiber-reinforced ... to provide it with extra strength," Plafke says. The wood "ink" not only feels similar to wood but looks similar as well. "Along with giving a new look to 3D-printed objects, Emerging Objects’ new materials are more environmentally friendly than plastics," Plafke notes. Emerging Objects envisions its new materials creating building components or structures within buildings that are cheaper and stronger than standard construction materials.
KI presents its next Social Media University webinar.
Timber in the City Competition from Binational Softwood Lumber Council pushes wood to architects as green material for urban mid-rise, mixed-use complexes. New wood technology helps
An intensive two-day conference, Wood in the 21st Century: Design and Preservation of Contemporary and Historic Architecture, will be held on the MIT campus March 24 and 25, 2011 with an optional program on March 26.
New solutions in surface and glass finishes exhibited by 3M supplier.
The wood-focused partnership will create breathtaking pieces of architecture.