Conceived around the idea of ‘taking the factory to the forest’, the mobile dowel laminated timber factory aims to provide ‘factory trains’ of equipment that can be transported to remote communities.
Three varieties of dowel laminated timber are currently produced in Austria, Germany and Switzerland - non-glued arrangements of stacked boards, cross laminated boards and cross/diagonal laminated boards. These are connected using different dowel options - hardwood fluted (ridged) or threaded hardwood rods are the most common types, whilst compressed softwood rods and a dowelling method that involves high speed rotation welding to activate the lignin in the wood to produce a ‘glued’ bond have also undergone extensive R&D but are not yet commercially produced.
Dowel lamination press
Mobile CNC Cutting Machine
Parallel (stacked plank) system
Cross laminated system
Diagonally laminated system
High speed rotation welding