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Innovative techniques for wood

From thermoplastic materials to natural dyeing processes and unusual recycling ideas: Novel forms of wood processing make use of the versatility of the natural resource.

Jul 19 2022

3DF wood-based material from Sonae Arauco 

Curvaceously formable: 3DF is the abbreviation for "Three Dimensional Fiberboard". The innovative wood-based material from Sonae Arauco opens up new design options such as customised deep structures as well as elegant arches and curves. 

The wood-based panels are produced with a formaldehyde-free thermoplastic and moulded into desired densities and thicknesses using a compression moulding process. After moulding, their surface can be easily painted or powder-coated. 

The 3DF technology makes it possible to replace conventional operations such as plywood forming or computer-aided milling processes. The versatile material is suitable for furniture fronts, chairs, wall panelling and applications in the construction industry, among others. 

CoCo veneer from Schorn & Groh

Natural colouring process: CoCo is a high-quality veneer made of real wood in warm brown tones. Its special colouring comes from an unusual process that is based on the formation of so-called bog oaks. 

In air-sealed water, the tannic acids of the oak wood react with the iron salts of the bog, resulting in a discolouration. For CoCo, oak veneer is naturally altered in a similar way and dyed completely through, whereby light and medium brown shades are also possible. This process is environmentally friendly and gentle on health. 

Because the Coco veneer is not exposed to high temperatures during its production, it remains supple and is particularly suitable for the design of doors, furniture or the finishing of interiors. In the foyer in front of the small hall of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, several thousand square metres of the harmonious-looking veneer were processed in the Coffee colour variant.

CoCo veneer in the foyer in front of the small hall of the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie © Schorn & Groh / Source: © Linder-Group / Photographer: Klaus Michelmann

Varioplex precious wood material from Europlac 

Wave-like structure: by using the latest production technologies and innovative development, the manufacturer Europlac has created a multi-faceted precious wood material that offers a multitude of creative design options. 

For Varioplex, exclusive precious woods are shaped layer by layer by hand. In addition to strips with different weave patterns, wide slats can also be produced in a decorative wave shape. In this way, the flexible wood material sets characteristic accents, for example on furniture fronts or on walls. 

Thanks to its complex structure, Varioplex can also significantly improve the perception of acoustics in a room. For quick and easy further processing, Europlac can supply the selected design already fixed to a carrier board on request.

Versatile and multi-faceted Varioplex precious wood material © Europlac

Kiribrix from Kirimanufaktur 

Acoustically effective surfaces: With the practical Kiribricks made of sustainably grown Kiri wood, modular room dividers are created in no time at all. The individual elements are assembled into temporary or permanent walls of any height using a simple plug-in system. 

This makes it quick and easy to divide zones, for example in living rooms and offices or on a trade fair stand. Specially processed Kiribricks from the Munich Kirimanufaktur have a lamellar surface that effectively breaks up sound and ensures more quiet in the room. In addition to their acoustic effect, the wooden modules are flame-retardant, highly insulating and dimensionally stable.

Acoustically effective Kiribricks for the construction of modular room dividers © Kirimanufaktur

OSB/SF-B board from Swiss Krono 

Innovative fire protection: Swiss Krono OSB stands for "Oriented Strand Board". Due to its excellent material properties, this high-quality wood-based material is already used in many ways in construction. 

The boards consist of several layers with aligned wood fibres, and are also available as longboards with a length of up to 18 metres. Now the extensive range is complemented by the new, flame-retardant OSB/SF-B board. It complies with fire protection class B and does not catch fire even when continuously exposed to flame. 

Instead, a black char layer forms on the board, which prevents the fire from spreading. Swiss Krono OSB/SF-B is therefore also suitable for buildings with increased fire protection requirements such as schools, clinics, authorities or museums.

Flame-retardant wood-based material SWISS KRONO OSB/SF-B © Swiss Krono

Praegeboard from J Grabner 

Wood surfaces with history: Wind, rain and sun leave unique traces on the wood of weathered mountain huts. The lively structure and extraordinary feel of this old wood has now made it a popular material for furniture and interior design. 

The Austrian company J Grabner uses only a thin layer of it for its high-quality plywood panels with a veneer top layer. Thanks to a special processing technique, the valuable resource can be used responsibly and sustainably. 

Compared to its use as solid wood, the same amount of waste wood can be used to furnish many additional square metres of surface.

© www.jgrabner.at

Zuma decorative chipboard from Lombardo 

Patterns shaped by craftsmanship: Zuma is a décor chipboard with striking structures that reinterpret traditional craftsmanship techniques.

The abstract patterns are created directly on the melamine coating of the boards and, depending on the design, are reminiscent of wood carving, stone carving or laser-worked metal surfaces. This creates interesting decors that also vary in their effect due to the colour tone of the base surface.  

Mosaic wood from Stones like Stones

Natural wall design: Mosaic Wood by Stones like Stones enables quick, easy and clean processing with minimal waste. The wooden elements of the "second life" series are handmade from real solid wood and glued together. 

As the name already suggests, the manufacturer uses neither freshly cut wood nor plantation wood for the production. Instead, the material comes from old Indonesian boats and huts as well as from edge wood that falls off during furniture production. 

In this way, the valuable resource wood is conserved and unusual walls with an individual look are created.  

Author: Heike Edelmann 

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