3RT Technology – Sustainable Wood for the 21st Century
Our technology converts forest and plantation residues into new hardwoods with the look, feel and properties of 100- year old native trees.
Advanced Robotics and Smart Automation allow for efficient and fast manufacturing using local wood residues anywhere on earth. So our global technology platform can provide local solutions to local markets (“mass customisation”).
Simply not enough natural hardwood available.
- legislation to protect native forests
- outdated sawmilling technology (conversion log to sawn hardwood = 32% only)
- very slow natural growing process (it takes up to 100 years to grow hardwood trees)
A digital production unit that converts forest & plantation residue into mature hardwood in one day.
Our Technology : 100 years in 1 day
As a tree grows, it becomes stronger & denser. The tree produces a natural resin that “cures” the wood fibres using atmospheric pressure, temperature and time. The older the tree, the better the wood quality.
At the heart of our technology is a patented process using a water-based, formaldehyde-free “Nano-glue” that biomimics the structure of a natural tree in just 1 day.
Different timbers, with the same performance properties as their ancient ancestors can be made in just a single day using wood residues.
A fully automated process – Wood made by robots
The production unit is fully automated with no manual intervention required.
It consists of a number of integrated modules, working seamlessly together in one continuous process.
Two robots manage the entire production process, monitored from a centralized HMI console.
We can even turn softwoods into hardwood
One specie – multiple product possibilities
By manipulating the process parameters, we can achieve a broad range of unique properties independently from the original wood specie.
Imagine the possibilities with the ability to convert softwoods, such as Pine, into products that can even match the properties of Tropical Hardwood.
At the forefront of innovation
At our 3,000sqm Innovation Centre in Adelaide, engineers and scientists work with customers to develop new products using species from around world. The aim is to meet hardwood needs globally, in a sustainable and cost-effective manner…. whilst protecting our native forests.
We apply the latest in Nanotechnology and Materials Science through our long-term partnership with Flinders University. Our revolutionary process combines countless textures and properties to create the perfect wood for your needs. It also includes bringing nanotechnology into the products, thereby creating additional properties such as termite resistance or fire retardant. And it’s all 100% natural. Nothing harmful inside.
Artificial Intelligence in Wood
The Digital Production Units convert wood residue into mature hardwood in a fully automated digital production unit, with Advanced Robotics & Industry 4.0 smarts creating a fast, efficient and cost-effective process. The process is similar to 3D-printing of wood, creating wood products in hours for which nature requires 100+ years of natural growing.
We also strongly believe in automation as a means to ensure the highest quality conformity at the lowest production cost, whilst eliminating operator errors. We constantly apply the latest Industry 4.0 developments in a pragmatic way through software updates, thereby ensuring each production unit remains state-of-the-art.
Our global partnership with Bosch ensures we remain at the forefront of Advanced Automation and IoT developments. Bosch also manufactures, installs and maintains the digital production units around the world.
Designer Hardwood from around the world
We have produced Designer Hardwood products with species from around the world. Below are just a few examples.
Designer Hardwood Spotted Gum (Australia)
Density (kg/m³) 1,025
Hardness (Janka kN) 8.3
Modulus of Elasticity MOE (Mpa) 14,900
Modulus of Rupture MOR (Mpa) 141
Designer Hardwood Maple (North America)
Density (kg/m³) 811
Hardness (Janka kN) 8.0
Modulus of Elasticity MOE (Mpa) 11,200
Modulus of Rupture MOR (Mpa) 124
Designer Hardwood Hoop Pine (Australia)
Density (kg/m³) 600
Hardness (Janka kN) 3.7
Modulus of Elasticity MOE (Mpa) 11,900
Modulus of Rupture MOR (Mpa) 108
Density (kg/m³) 630
Hardness (Janka kN) 4.5
Modulus of Elasticity MOE (Mpa) 7,320
Modulus of Rupture MOR (Mpa) 95