Maria Yee Inc., a Santa Cruz, CA lifestyle design company, has started to produce its home furnishings using patent-pending, BambooTimbre. The new product was designed to meet stringent Greenguard and E-1 standards for low-emitting materials. The product also qualifies as a “rapidly renewable” material, according to the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system. Maria Yee created BambooTimbre as an alternative to the dwindling hardwood. The tough material is made from 100 percent Moso, a bamboo species that can be planted and harvested within a five-year cycle. The company notes that BambooTimbre requires no synthetic polymers to protect its surface and does not release harmful, volatile compounds into the atmosphere.
Bamboo furniture is an eco-alternative to other woods.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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