The largest wood-based plastic 3D printer was developed by a company called Additive Elements, located in Germany. The printer is called the AE11, and it has a build volume of 1.2 meters x 1.2 meters x 1.0 meters, making it one of the world’s largest wood-based plastic 3D printers. The printer uses a material called ARBOFORM, a sustainable and biodegradable plastic made from lignin, a natural polymer found in wood.
ARBOFORM is a unique material that creates 3D-printed objects with wood’s look, feel, and smell. The material is also strong and durable, making it suitable for various applications. One potential benefit of using wood-based plastic for 3D printing is that it is a renewable and sustainable material, unlike traditional petroleum-based plastics. Additionally, using wood-based plastic can help reduce waste and emissions in the manufacturing process. According to WAM, this printer can create objects up to 10 meters long, 3 meters wide, and 1.5 meters high, making it the world’s largest wood-based plastic 3D printer. The company claims that using recycled materials makes printing more sustainable than traditional 3D printing methods.
According to the office of Sen. Susan Collins, A 3D printed representation of the state of Maine presented by Habib Dagher, executive director of UMaine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center, presented a 3D printed representation of Maine, “The material is nanocellulose, basically a tree ground up to its nanostructure. These materials have properties similar to metals,” Dagher said. “We are taking those and putting them in bioplastics to make very strong plastics that we can make almost anything with.”
UMaine will get world’s largest 3D printer and use wood-based plastic to make boat molds.