Already today you can 3D print your own piece of furniture, but 3D printing furniture is not yet as popular as it could be. The reason for this current unpopularity is that it’s only possible to 3D print your own plastic piece of furniture. For a long time, the manufacturing process of wood was still an unexplored field, due to the fact no-one simply knew how to properly 3D print wooden furniture. However, company 4 AXYZ – what a name – claims it has developed a way to make the impossible possible.
DigitalTrends reports that the process by 4 AXYZ is a little different from regular 3D printing techniques. Most common 3D printing techniques work with plastics, which are extruded layer-by-layer. Instead of that, 4 AXYZ’s machine combines small, uniformly-cut pieces of wood after which the layers are assembled using a special binding process. Because the company does not use any sorts of liquid ink for its process, they rather call the technique additive manufacturing, instead of 3D printing.
The company says it could eventually be printing out smart wood pieces suited with sensors. For instance, a smart railing could easily find out when someone is entering the stairs in order to automatically switch on the lights or turn on the heat. Sounds futuristic, isn’t it? Another thing they claim to be able to create is a smart floor that automatically finds out when a stranger is entering the house, after which the authorities or owners could easily be warned.
Momentarily the company is still in need of funding to achieve their goals. However, according to DigitalTrends, they claim the right amount of money would enable them to start their innovating service immediately.
Image credits: 4 AXYZ.