Desktop Metal announced the official availability of its 3D printer for powdered wood – Shop System Forust Edition. The machine is set to debut at the upcoming Formnext 2022 in Frankfurt am Main. Shop System Forust Edition is a 3D printing platform that uses binder jetting technology and enables the production of wooden parts using sawdust from wood processing. It is also based on the same technology as the standard metal 3D printers launched in November 2019.

The Forust 3D printer was first presented in May 2021. Desktop Metal delivered a select number of beta equipment to a select group of customers producing custom wood parts. After improving the 3D printing process, the company now supplies its systems for 3D wood printing.

Desktop Metal claims that Forust’s technology can deliver high definition 3D printed parts with “realistic grain patterns” and “previously unattainable” complex geometries. The Shop System Forust Edition has a working area of ​​350 x 222 x 200 mm and allows a working speed of up to 1600 cm3 / hour. – Z axis equivalent of 21 mm per hour. Complementing the system is a Forust Powder Station for part separation and powder recovery, Forust Binder, which is available in light and brown colors to bind wood powder particles and create natural-looking wood grain patterns that flow through the entire part of your 3D print, and Fabricate MFG software for Build process preparation that allows users to print parts without a grain pattern or with four grain patterns that reproduce ash, mahogany, and more.

Users can also access a wood parts processing guide that guides customers through the recommended workflow for infiltrating parts after 3D printing with USDA certified biological resins.

The company believes that Shop System Forust Edition excels in interior decoration and lighting applications as well as consumer products, architectural design and automotive space. Currently, the Shop System Forust Edition printer processes wood powders from proven suppliers. At the same time, guidelines are being developed to enable customers to 3D print their own powders from recycled sawdust in the future.


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