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The Most Ecological Way to Create Products

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The Dutch rapid-prototyping outfit Freedom of Creation  announced today that it has added wood-one of the planet’s most abundant natural resources-to its suite of 3-D printing materials. Still it’s a promising development in the field of 3-D printing, which bills itself as a paragon of sustainability but, as industry insiders tell it, hasn’t always lived up to the hype. FOC seems particularly excited about the formal and aesthetic possibilities “Tree-D” printing affords designers. “There is no wood carver on earth who could possibly make such complex things and especially with this kind of fine detail,” Garrett says. via