Print in Wood
Tokyo’s Kabuku Inc. has released a new, wood-like 3D printing material at their Rinkak Marketplace, a 3D creators’ market which applies 3D manufacturing technology to uploaded designs. Rinkak says this “wood like” material is made from wood chips and features a warm appearance, but requires that 3D models be built with added thickness compared to prints made with other common materials. The base material begins as a fine powder and a rough texture is left on the surface of the finished object.
This new material has a low resistance to water, and is not suitable for products which will be used in wet conditions. On the other hand, the material can print hollow structures, and Rinkak says that means it can be used to build designs beyond the capabilities of traditional woodworking techniques. This new material features a brown, natural wood color, and a sandy textural feel. It can be printed in build volumes up to 250 × 250 × 200 mm at minimum thicknesses of 3mm.