- Parsons, Jeff
USDA Forest Service
Wood products manufacturing has been an important part of the economy and culture of the Northern Forest region for generations. It is now threatened by rising costs and competition from a variety of sources. Swift advances in digital technology have dramatically changed product design and development in many industries. However, the wood products industry in the Northern Forest region has been slow to embrace the technology. Therefore, the objective of this research is to test the hypothesis that digital technology can become a central element of the rapid and economical design, prototyping, and production of solid wood products in the Northern Forest region.