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High tech wood – A visit to the Maker Faire part three

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Bamboo is one of the best renewable plant-base composites I can think of.  I call it renewable because it can grow, be harvested, germinate, and grow again and again. All that we need to provide for it is space, sun and water. 

Bamboo is a composite as are all plants and trees. Wood is a natural composite. It is made of fibers and resin (or glue) that keep the fibers together and allows them to carry load. The difference between bamboo and other woods is that bamboo's growth rate is phenomenal. Some species of Bamboo can grow up to 12" in a day. This is why using Bamboo in the furniture industry is becoming more and more popular. We see Bamboo configured into plywood like sheets, panels and beams that we can buy as if it was regular lumber.

I can keep writing about this amazing plant but instead let me show you how a group of young designers marry bamboo with modern composites such as carbon fibers and fibergalss to create a nice looking bicycle. 

Bamboo tubes are used as a substitute for the conventional materials (aluminum, steel or composite) tubing in bicycles. The bamboo is connected to the the mechanisms with modern composites (fiber + resin) collar. 

 

 


Comments

Dezri Dean wrote re: High tech wood – A visit to the Maker Faire part three
on 10-22-2011 12:06 PM

As a "green" product I can hardly wait for it to be grown here locally so that I can feel good about using it and consider it to be a truley green material, rather than having to ship it to the US!

Yoav S. Liberman wrote re: High tech wood – A visit to the Maker Faire part three
on 10-22-2011 2:50 PM

I totally agree with what you wrote Dean. I recently visited my friends in upstate New York. They grow bamboo in their garden and it flourishes  there. Their plants grow year round, even under heavy snow. Recently I heard the unbelievable: American factory in the south make and sells chopsticks to China. So if we can do this we surly can commercially grow bamboo here in the USA and make wonderful green furniture and other house hold objects from it.