Curved Wood Floors to Help Reduce Waste
Using curving patterns on wooden floors, including in cases of wood floor repairs, could make a significant reduction in the amount of waste, according to a flooring company called Bolefloor. The Dutch flooring company is using a mix of CNC production and hi tech computer software to make quality wood flooring that makes the most of wood. It calculates exactly how much of the material needs to be cut to create curved patterns that fit together in the manner of a jigsaw puzzle and reduces any waste to an absolute minimum.
This is achieved by using “wood scanning systems, tailor made CAD/.CAM developments and innovative optimization algorithms for placement software developed by a Finnish engineering automation company and three software companies in cooperation with the Institute of Cybernetics at Tallinn University of Technology”, according to the company. The software in question does not just help to fit the pieces together but even factors in imperfections in edges or the ends of the wood in order to make the finished product as durable as possible. As well as cutting down on waste, the new idea, while meaning that each floor has to be custom produced, does mean that wood floor repairs for such flooring should be particularly easy to accomplish as the same exact file can be utilized by the software in question to make a perfect replacement copy for the damaged section.
Bolefloor describes itself as being the “world’s first industrial-scale manufactured hardwood flooring with naturally curved lengths”.