Shape is a new program established by TWIG in partnership with BC Wood and CAWP to spark developments in the value-added wood products space, taking people from concept to product launch. This program is building on a history of programs from BC wood and CAWP’s technical expertise and industry support.
As part of the Shape program, we have developed some workshops to tackle areas of learning that are fundamental to the development and marketing of wood products. They are based on common questions, and gaps in knowledge that we consistently see when working with individuals and companies in prototype development and consulting. They are also very applicable for those working in companies who want to up their knowledge about wood manufacturing and processes to help them with current projects.
w/ support through the Forestry Innovation Investment (FII) Wood First Programs
Industry sponsorsorship provided by
Soukup Woodworking Machinery
BC Wood marketing workshop w/ Neil Godin
Topics will include:
1. Proof of Market. Learn how to prove up the market for your innovation – throughout the development process -- while building potential sales at the same time.
10:00 - 11:30
CAWP workshop #1 - Wood processing
From raw material to part production and understanding production workflows to optimize your designs, and use of wood. This workshop starts with looking at the qualities, types, and sizes of wood that would be sourced for your projects and how you can go about preparing this raw material. It will then take you onto the shop floor where we will talk through the different machining processes that are used to size, surface and process material, and the things that need to be considered at this stage. We will cover some basics on the tooling for the machinery and the importance of using the right tool for your application and its effect on downstream processes such as finishing.
4:00 - 5:30
CAWP workshop #2 - CNC Machining
Utilizing CNC cutting as a tool in design, production, jig making and prototyping to use this technology to your advantage. This workshop explores the various uses and applications for CNC cutting, the different machine types, tooling and software. CNC is amazing technology, but it's not going to solve problems for you or make your life easier unless you understand how it can be incorporated into your workflow. Today this technology is used on mass, with many shops being outfitted with machines for their application, from cabinets and custom woodwork to mass timber and timber framing.
4:00 - 5:30
CAWP workshop #3 - Wood finishing
Understanding the types and applications of wood finishes and the process workflow that leads you to the best results. This workshop focuses on the final stages of the process, which deal with wood finishing and the various coatings, treatments and products that can be applied to wood. Finishes are applied for reasons such as aesthetics, durability, and functional purposes and so the preparation of your wood to receive a finish is extremely important. Making good choices in your finishing process can add years of life to your wood project or can be a distinguishing feature that has your product stand out in the marketplace.
4:00 - 5:30