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.  

Portable sawmill

Mobile kiln

Planing machine

Dowel lamination press

Mobile CNC Cutting Machine

Parallel (stacked plank) system

Cross laminated system

Diagonally laminated system

Fluted

Threaded

Compressed softwood

High speed rotation welding

Office

Timber Design Initiatives Ltd

90a Constitution Street,

Edinburgh,

EH6 6RP

+44 (0)131 554 8643

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