A Canada-based bioplastic company has developed wood-based 3D printing material. In an environment where both companies and individuals are making efforts to fight against climate change, Advanced BioCarbon 3D Ltd (ABC3D) seems to have found their own alternative to this phenomenon and it is the 3D printing community that will benefit from it.
In an interview with our colleagues from Canadian Biomass, the company’s chief executive officer Darrel Fry explained:
“People often think of bioplastics as single-use with low-value functionality, but our products are incredibly high-functioning with exceptionally high heat resistance while being lightweight. As an example, our goal is to be able to 3D print something like a piston for your car from this material – there’s such high heat resistance, and it’s also very strong.”
The company utilizes wood chips to manufacture its products. After removing the resins from wood, they use a closed-loop manufacturing system that allows the production of a non-toxic and renewable product. The process consists in combining wood chips from the forest industry with a solvent. The mix thereafter undergoes a series of pressurized heating and cooling phases. “All solvent from the manufacturing process is put back into the system to be reused again.”
It should be noted that forestry companies are not considered as ABC3D’s competitors. As a matter of fact, ABC3D uses wood that comes from poplar trees that are cut down during wood collection by forestry companies. Therefore, they demonstrate that in addition to the fact that their products are carbon negative, they reduce the impact on climate change while helping to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.
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