This line of 3D printed accessories not only looks good, but also repurposes factory wood waste.

“In the US alone, 84 million tons of sawdust are generated each year,” says Forust CEO and co-founder Andrew Jeffery. In 2009, the EPA reported that wood waste represents more than 10% of all waste generated in North America. As some organizations are discovering, a large percentage of sawdust can be reused as raw material for 3D printing.

Jeffery’s Forust company’s mission is precisely to solve this dilemma of what to do with wood waste. A process created by Desktop Metal in 2021, Forust is a streamlined solution that recovers industrial sawdust waste as a 3D printing material for mass manufacturing in the fields of furniture, architecture, consumer goods and even luxury car interiors. The technology is also Cradle to Cradle certified, fully sustainable and affordable.

To promote this proprietary technology and its applications, Forust enlisted the fuseproject team to design a line of home accessories using its printing process to demonstrate the production possibilities that Forust can offer designers and manufacturers. The collaboration resulted in the Vine collection, a range of tableware with a shape originating from a single extrusion point that twists in a simple, repeating pattern to render the shape.

In terms of manufacturing and materials, the technology responsible for collecting Vine does not require adhesive additives and uses lignin found in wood waste as a binding agent. Forust uses both small and large format single pass paste jet printers to generate products at a variety of scales (small printers are for batch production and large are for mass manufacturing). This process starts with placing sawdust on the build plate, then the machine’s inkjet nozzles pass over the material to distribute the lignin as a binding agent and color for visual effect.

While the Vine Collection opts for a grain-free texture, Forust’s binder-jet process has also enabled the company to implement never-before-seen technology that simulates the true grain of wood throughout a wood product. This effect can make the final product almost indistinguishable from natural wood. In addition to serving as a convincing imitation of real wood, Forust’s technology allows designers to create complex organic shapes that can be more difficult or virtually impossible with subtractive wood fabrication.

Yves Behar of fuseproject says the technology and ecological benefits of the Forust process are what most excited him and the team. “As a designer, I use a lot of wood, and being able to use a product made from sawdust and lignin is an incredible resource,” notes Behar. He adds that “the future of design and production depends on the emergence of new technologies, allowing designers to approach materials and manufacturing in sustainable, low-carbon ways, using waste rather than cutting more trees or extracting more oil from the ground.” . Design is not just something that stays the same all the time. This new technology allows us to solve some of the critical issues around the environment and global warming that we are facing.”

The Vine collection is now available on the Forust website for anyone interested in adding one of the pieces to their home.

Forust 3D Printed Vine Collection is the professional runner-up in the personal accessories category of the 2022 Core77 Design Awards. You can check out all the 2022 winners now on the Core77 Design Awards website.

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