Plastic Replaced by Wood Technology: A New Gadget, the Wood Computer Mouse

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Using advanced CAD/CAM techniques, a small Canadian based company has developed a method for replacing plastic components with customized wood components. The process is used for the computer mouse and will soon be used for other gadgets and technology.

Custom Wood Computer Mouse (Gadgets and Technology)

We do what injection moulding is not capable of, on the fly customization

Advances in CAD/CAM and decreasing machinery prices have allowed a small Canadian based company to manufacture and sell custom wood computer mice at http://www.depuz.com. Using the same process, the company has plans to manufacture other technology and gadgets.

With plastic components facing scrutiny due to various health hazards, a transition to more traditional materials seems obvious. However, few manufacturing techniques can compete with low cost injection moulding.

Besides aesthetic and health benefits of technology and gadgets constructed with wood, the wood machining process provides another enormous advantage: "We do what injection moulding is not capable of, on the fly customization," explains Mr. Lochner, owner of Depuz.com. Each component is made from a unique set of instructions that includes the customers engraving specifications. "We do standard versions and company logos, but our primary objective is to provide the end user with the kind of personalization that simply cannot be done by overseas mass production outfits."

Depuz.com intends to manufacture and sell a wide range of custom technology and gadgets in the future. When asked why they chose the computer mouse as their first product, Mr. Lochner responded, "Think about the amount of time the average person spends holding a computer mouse each day. It ends up being their single most handled object. Besides poor aesthetics, allergies and other health concerns associated with plastics make wood a far superior candidate for such an application. In 1963, Douglas Engelbart was a step ahead of us when he created the first computer mouse out of wood."

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