It’s 2014 and we have welcomed new 3D printing techniques, such as bioprinting and food printing. A new participant on this list is the technique of wood printing. This technique works on the same layer-by-layer basis as 3D printing does, but it doesn’t produce plastic objects, it produces wooden stuff. The problem with this technique has been that it still required some plastic elements to make the wooden parts stick together. New British company Akemake however claims it can produce wooden objects, consisting of 100 percent wood. Truth or fiction? We couldn’t tell you, but they supported their statement by printing out a fully wooden speaker.
Akemake gave this statement to 3Dprint.com, to which the company’s Machal Kandler said: “This 3D printed model is the first speaker in the world printed from Timberfill material made by Fillamentum,” which was followed by the words: “Yes, it is 100% wood!” ‘Timberfill’ is the name of what the company calls its 100 percent natural wood filament. If they can live up to their promises, then this is a great development for the field of wood printing. If you’ve ever seen a wood printed object before, then you’ll probably remember its partly chemical odor, which only made one thing clear: buy real wood.
And that’s exactly why the “fully wooden” speaker box by Akemake is so interesting. The company printed a wooden speaker with a snail-like shape. To be more precise, it’s a design by Ondra Chotovinsky and it refers to the Spirulida, which is a weirdly looking animal which you can probably only see with your own eyes when you’re able to perform a very deep dive – or just visit a nearby zoo. Or Google it.
Anyway, you can print out this speaker box yourself, because Akemake gives away the 3D printing files for free. It takes about 18 hours to print it and about two hours to assemble the speaker, so this project needs some work. The speaker box also seems to behave like wood, which is surely a benefit to the sound.
Credits images: Akemake.