Wood Industry 3D Printers Generate Buzz at WIC 2014

3D printers that prototype machinery components, print out parts, even use wood product-based “ink” to make consumer goods, were presented at the wood machinery conference WIC 2014 in San Juan this morning.

“3D Printing: A Disruptive Technology” mixed a multi-media presentation, live demonstration of an operating printer, and an interactive town-hall style question and answer session, including questions submitted at #WIC2014 on Twitter. Vincente Gaspo, an expert with San Juan-based Trede, a 3D printing technology consultancy, brought along a printer which silently plotted a flat-bottomed vessel during the presentation.

Jeff Onsrud lead the group through the six types of 3D printer platforms, each iteration of the technology an improvement upon previous generations. Printers can produce parts or even working objects – a working pistol and a working adjustable wrench produced with the technology were cited – which can be fashioned from all sorts of materials, including plastic, wood fibers, and metals such as gold and titanium. … (Read more)

Source: WoodWorkingNetwork.com