The following report written by FPInnovations for the Journal of Science & Technology for Forest Products and Processes summarizes the development of 3D printing, its markets, and its applications in the short and medium term. 3D printing is ideal for mass customization, but is not yet capable of mass production because of limitations on cost, speed, and materials. The near future of 3D printing will focus on production tooling, on-demand parts at low volumes, design and educational tools, products made at home, and even large architectural structures.
The potential applications for forest products have been examined. Forest industry products based on wood fibres and wood-based biomaterials are already being prototyped using 3D printing. There is also increasing interest in using wood-based materials as feedstocks for 3D printing to impart a unique appearance to printed products and meet the demand for sustainability from consumers. This development could become part of transforming the forest industry from production of commodities to production of high-value-added specialty products. Some opportunities for the forest industry have been identified… For the full report click here
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