May 2024
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CASE STUDY 2 – 3D Printing of Wood

Case study intent: To demonstrate high customization and flexibility in producing wooden parts that meet customer requirements.


This use case focuses on the use of wood-based materials to produce custom furniture. With the freedom of design associated with 3D printing in mind, AIMEN will be able to produce items that are not constrained by the limitations of traditional manufacturing by using virtual reality (VR) and AI tools to spark the creativity and imagination of the consumers and create “free-styled” designs, customized and adapted to individual needs.

A modular Open Manufacturing Demonstrators Facilities (OMDF) for wood 3D printing will be developed and integrated at AIMEN to validate the results of creativity powered by the INEDIT platform. This OMDF will cover the entire value chain from product engineering to the final product and could be easily replicated in different environments, allowing other furniture manufacturers or co-creation environments to integrate the solution in their facilities, expanding the scope of the INEDIT platform.

Finally, the designed items will be produced with a state-of-the-art robotic 3D printing, capable of making very large items in very little time, using sustainable materials derived from wood or cellulose that will give a unique feel to the creations.

Tools / technologies involved
  • Production site / FabLab
  • Furniture manufacturer
  • Designer
  • Wood / filament supplier
  • 3D printing technical experts
  • Responsible entity for verification
    of design feasibility (this entity can be the
    furniture manufacturer or another
    expert on the production site)
  • Material development/modification
    by melt extrusion
  • Texture generation
  • Path planning software
  • Robot simulation software
  • Robot-based 3D printing
  • CNC 3D printing
  • Wood-based 3D printing
  • Consumer needs
  • Design specification
  • DIT ecosystem technologies
  • DIT ecosystem stakeholders
  • 3D wood printing service
  • 3D printed piece
    of wood
  • Consumer satisfaction