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Liquid Wood
« on: July 22, 2010, 06:59:06 PM »

No, they havenít made a form of Viagra you apply directly to forehead. Some German scientists have made Arboform, a renewable plastic that can be cast by machines, but acts exactly like wood.

It uses an element of wood known as lignin, which is found in every board and plank around the world. Itís also a byproduct of the paper-making process, with 130 million pounds of it being burned each year instead of being put to use. Throw in some natural fibers, some flax, and some resin, and youíve got a plastic that can be formed and cast, but it rots like wood and doesnít require any trees to be cut down. This saves money in two respects: one, obviously, paying somebody to cut down wood is expensive, and two, it doesnít need any of those increasingly scarce petroleum products from countries that pretty much want to kill everybody. So we can keep our plastics, save the Earth AND flip off Iran.

The only reason this stuff isnít everywhere is the price and the fact that it canít turn white or transparent. No, hippies, it is not because the timber and oil industry are trying to keep Arboform down. Itís not made of hemp. Shut up, smoke something, and listen to a band that sucks and tell yourself how awesome it is.

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Re: Liquid Wood
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2010, 07:16:43 PM »
Aqua lignum vitae
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Re: Liquid Wood
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2010, 07:42:17 AM »
Wicked....but ah sensing some drawbacks
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Re: Liquid Wood
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2010, 08:18:00 AM »
Dis is interesting.
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Re: Liquid Wood
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2010, 08:44:31 AM »
... acts exactly like wood

something tell me this compound cyah have the same engineering specs as wood (i.e. tensile strength, deformation characteristics, etc.). but for veneer and trim it go work.

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Re: Liquid Wood
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2010, 12:04:51 PM »
http://www.tecnaro.de/english/arboform.htm

TECNARO is a producer of high-quality thermoplastics from renewable resources. The raw material is lignin, which is second only to cellulose as the most abundant natural polymer. Lignin is a by-product of the pulp industry and the volume arising worldwide is about 50 million tonnes per year.

Mixing lignin with natural fibres (flax, hemp or other fibre plants) and some natural additive produces a fibre composite that can be processed at raised temperatures and, just like a synthetic thermoplastic material, can be made into mouldings, plates or slabs on conventional plastics processing machines. So this allows products such as computer, television or mobile phone casings to be made from "wood". These granules made from biorenewable materials are named ARBOFORMģ (arbor, Latin = the tree).

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