3D-printing naturally produces less waste than other manufacturing processes. Forust is a startup printing wood products using sawdust and other waste materials. The sawdust is imported as a byproduct from the wood industry that would otherwise goes to waste. Forust spreads out layers of specially-treated sawdust, which are then treated with a biodegradable and nontoxic binder to turn them into wood. Even though 3D-printing naturally produces less waste than other manufacturing processes, it’s unfortunately the norm for 3D-printed creations to be made of plastic-derived materials. So to combat that, a startup called Forust is 3D printing wood products — and its raw material is upcycled sawdust and other byproducts from the wood industry that would otherwise be considered waste. “The Forust technology allows us to take something that was previously wood waste and re-materialize it into exquisitely beautiful and useful things,” William McDonough, a world famous sustainable architect (who is not involved with Forust, but is a supporter of the technology) said in a statement sent to Green Matters. “By allowing millions of trees to remain in place in their forests, Forust is launching a highly evolved technology for the circular technosphere that supports and celebrates stewardship of the […]

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