Designer Hardwood from Wood Residue
Project description and overview:
3RT has developed an innovative patented technology which converts low value wood residue into a new hardwood with the same properties as 100-year-old timber, thereby providing a new sustainable source of quality wood whilst protecting native forests.
At the heart of the 3RT technology is a patented process using a water-based, formaldehyde-free “Nano-glue” that biomimics the structure of a natural tree in just hours. It does not use the traditional resins such as formaldehydes or isocyanates used in todays engineered wood products and our products are therefore 100% safe and recyclable.
The technology revolutionises the approach to timber resource management, competitiveness, and sustainability by:
- Eliminating the need to harvest old growth forest trees.
- Reducing wood processing wastage from plantations and forests by recycling low value wood waste into high value timber products.
- Providing a solution to supply shortages of high-quality hardwood and an alternate to the high carbon footprint of steel and concrete in the building
The technology leverages the latest in nanotechnology, materials science, and robotics. A small-scale prototype manufacturing line has been developed and installed in 3RT’s Adelaide innovation centre.
To respond to accelerating market demand, 3RT is embarking on a production expansion project. This project aims to build and install 3RT’s first large-scale production unit. There are two key objectives for this project; design, build and install a digital production unit, including industry 4.0 technology and develop new additives and material processing requirements for several new product applications.
- Increased collaboration with other manufacturers
- Increased spending on R&D
- Better qualified employees
- Increased levels of automation
- Larger geographical reach
- 3RT forecast $44.5M in revenue over 5 years
- This project is projected to upskill and create an additional 51 jobs during the project and within one year of project completion
Government Funds: $698,420 | Industry: $2,628,420