Development of a wood-based, 3D-printable biocomposite material
The production process of classic wood-based materials produces large quantities of sawn by-products (such as sawdust and wood chips for example), which are currently not used in high-quality components. As part of this project, the possibilities of producing a 3D printable biocomposite material from this raw material are being explored. The necessary interdisciplinary research approach includes the complete process of fractionation of biomass, the chemical and mechanical material characterization as well as the screening of modeling and simulation concepts for biocomposites. The aim is to lay the foundations for the development of a sustainable and flexible material for constructive applications.
The HS Timber Group, opens an external URL in a new window is a traditional wood processing company of Austrian origin with strong roots in Central and Eastern Europe, especially in Romania. Today, the group is organized as a holding company with its headquarter based in Vienna. With around 4,000 employees, HS Timber Group is primarily active in timber industry, in sawn timber trade and in bioenergy production. Since 2020, GMB Glasmanufaktur Brandenburg GmbH, Europe's largest manufacturer of solar glass, has also been part of the group.