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The 3D printed Vine collection proposes a way to redirect industrial wood waste, re-materializing today's discarded waste into tomorrow's cherished home products using a high-speed 3D printing process. Longtime collaborators of Desktop Metal's, the design studio behind Vine first partnered on the metal 3D printing Studio System with a complete design language and user experience.
Vine is the very first collection designed with this process and using wood waste that's been materialized using their high-speed 3D printing process. Vine's simple forms embody the core capabilities of Forust's printing systems in its ability to create elegant, one-of-a-kind products. The collection adds a natural feel to any home and is perfect for storing those easy-to-misplace items. Each can be on its own or layered with other pieces on a console, coffee table, or entryway table. The multi-functional shapes and sizes make the Vine collection easy to pair with other home decors.
Forust specializes in offering high-speed 3D printing technology to architects, designers, and manufacturers, allowing creatives to tap into additive printing technologies using two wood industry byproducts – sawdust and lignin – to produce isotropic, high-strength, sustainable wood parts that in turn can be used to prototype or manufacture custom wood pieces for home decor, interiors, transportation, and architectural design. The materiality is such that it does not burn, making it a safe and smart choice for kitchen spaces.
Our collection, Vine, demonstrates the opportunities for the future of 3D printing where new materials--beyond wood-- can leverage Forust's printing technologies. The outcome of the successful collaboration advocates not only for sustainability but also for other industries to seek ways to create their circular economies.
In exploring the unique capabilities of the technology, the beautiful set of home goods includes four beautiful artifacts: a vessel, bowl, basket, and tray. The studio arrived at designing each piece from a singular extrusion point that twists up into a simple, repeating pattern to create its shape.
The collection is printed with cylindrical rods of the same diameter and requires no additional connecting pieces or adhesives. The wood material twists and convexes (an execution of design only possible through 3D printing), expanding to create curvature and leaving intentional space between each rod.
Because Forust produces parts additively, layer by layer, without the need for support, designers have the freedom to create complex features and iconic designs that would be difficult or impossible to produce with traditional woodworking methods.
Unlike particleboard or laminate, Forust produces a wooden part with a digital grain that flows throughout the entire part that can be sanded and refinished. The software can digitally reproduce nearly any wood grain and stain, including rosewood, ash, Zebrano, ebony, mahogany, walnut, and oak, among others. It also bears the weight of real, original wood, offering strength and durability for construction. Forust's process and materials are designed to offer easy access to an end-to-end sustainable manufacturing solution.
Manufacturers and designers can submit their custom designs for printing, order samples, or pursue high-volume partnerships to produce custom, 3D-printed wood pieces in volume for use in their products. Additive manufacturing enables digital on-demand production, which minimizes material waste, on-the-shelf inventory, and shipping while offering hand-crafted quality at an accessible price.
Among the first designer product collaborations available on the Forust website is the collection created by our industrial design team. The Vine collection, which includes a vessel, bowl, basket, and tray, honors the warmth and familiarity of the wood material with curving, organic forms that extrude from a singular point and twist up into a repeating pattern. These housewares embody and highlight the potential this new printing technology can bring to a multitude of markets, including architecture, construction, and other large-scale industries. The ownable goods designed by our studio introduce the process to the public, helping to educate and share knowledge on new technologies that can transform traditional industries to embrace truly circular economies.
Forust's 3D printing system upcycles wood waste from the approximately 15 billion trees cut down each year and repurposes it into new parts and goods. The waste product from manufacturing leaves up to 50% in unusable cellulose dust and lignin waste that has long been a residual byproduct of traditional subtractive practices. There is now a sustainable processing ecosystem that allows designers and manufacturers to not only divert the waste from our landfills and waterways, but also upcycle the wood waste into architectural elements, consumer & home goods, furniture, and more.
"As a designer, I use a lot of wood, and being able to use a product made from sawdust and lignin is an amazing resource," says the founder of the design studio. "The future of design and production hinges on new technologies coming on and allowing designers to approach materials and manufacturing in sustainable ways, in ways that are low carbon footprint, in ways that we are using waste instead of cutting down more trees or extracting more oil out of the soil. Design isn't just something that remains the same all the time. This new technology allows us to address some of the critical problems around the environment and global warming that we are facing."
With the Vine collection, the scale is small, but the results are beautiful – swirling organic silhouettes where texture represents form, and vice versa. Vine's curving, organic form juxtaposes against its dense but lightweight wood and bioresin composition that exhibits the same functionality and structural durability as conventional wood. The sawdust, bounded by the bioresin, presents itself with the familiarity and warmth of wood but honors the otherwise waste stream-bound byproduct by giving it