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3D printing used to recreate natural wood internal patterning

3D printing used to recreate natural wood internal patterning

Written by David

January 24, 2019

3D printing is one of the significant technological advancements of our time. Its potential uses are almost limitless. We’ve spotted so many examples at Springwise, from 3D-printed meat to 3D-printed artworks . Now, the design industry might be taking a more sustainable turn with 3D-printed wood. Researchers at Columbia University Department of Mechanical Engineering have managed to recreate blocks of wood, even down to the finer details of the internal grain pattern. 3D-printing has previously been limited in its capacity to recreate internal structures, especially in mimicking the complexities of organic materials. This is due to a combination of how digital files are prepared and the manufacturing ability of modern 3D-printers. The team took a series of extremely thin slices of olive wood, taking high resolution digital photos of each slice. The stack of images are then fed into a Stratasys J750 PolyJet printer, capable of printing finer colours […]


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