Måns Broman

Sculptur is revolutionizing the furniture industry with 3D technology and recycled biobased materials. This becomes apparent as Måns Broman briefly describes the company’s business.

We are sitting comfortably in armchairs made from a wood composite supplied by partner Stora Enso and developed specifically for 3D printing.

“The material is incredibly new. It didn’t even exist just a few months ago. And everything is 100% recyclable.”

In fact, it is all so new that we are essentially witnessing a world premiere, reveals Måns, almost in passing.

The furniture is printed in a giant robot, made by ABB, another collaborative partner. The list of Sculptur’s partners also includes KTH Royal Institute of Technology and RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden).

“The research has involved a wide range of contributors, all committed to finding new materials and processes.”

With today’s technology, the production process takes a few hours from input to finished product, but with the new machine that Sculptur has on the way, Måns Broman expects to bring it down to less than an hour.

“We work in CAD, where all the data is programmed in, which makes the process from concept to end product extremely quick.

“We’ve seen enormous interest so far during the fair and the stand has constantly been full of visitors.”

Måns Broman had almost 20 years of experience as a designer behind him when, just over a year ago, he took up the position of Marketing Manager at Varberg-based Sculptur.

“For us, it’s really important to be seen at the fair. We wouldn’t be able to achieve the same exposure in any other way. The industry’s biggest challenges? We’ve solved all them!” he jokes. “We’re not switching away from something else. We’re beginning from where we are and just continuing to move forward.

“You could say that we’ve paving the way for the infrastructure that is currently lacking to deal with all the streams of residual materials. There are enormous material resources out there that no-one can properly exploit as things stand. Like plastics that can’t be recycled in any other practical way. It’s a pleasure to work in this area, where everyone has the same ultimate goal.”