3D printing service provider i.materialise adds 3D printed wood to its material option for laser sintered objects.
Models in wood are constructed from a brown, very fine, granular powder made from wood chips. The surface has a sandy, granular look and is slightly porous.
The combination of the new material with SLS technology allows for the creation of complex models with interlocking and moving parts, that cannot be realised using traditional woodworking methods.
As part of their beta testing phase, i.materialise is running a wood-challenge, which encourages anyone to submit a 3D design. The 5 winners will receive their design 3D printed in wood for free. Submissions will be accepted until June 14th.
Last month the Japanese 3D printing marketplace Rinkak has also started to offer a wood-like material for objects, that are created using SLS technology.