Sustainability

Generative Design Improves Micromobility FUV: The Cool Parts Show S3E3

Arcimoto’s lightweight “Fun Utility Vehicle” gets even lighter thanks to parts that could only come from additive manufacturing. On this episode of The Cool Parts Show, some of the craziest automotive parts you have seen.

Retraction Footwear Is the Sustainable Manufacturing Business of the Future

Retraction Footwear offers a new way of buying flip-flops that are made to suit each customer. But the company also represents a new way of thinking about production, in a circular economy loop that encompasses material, design, manufacturing, product and end-of-life.

3D Printing Helps Close the Loop for Armor’s Circular Economy

Manufacturing 3D printing filament was first a way for Armor to recycle its own reclaimed plastic waste. But now, this business unit is helping to close the loop on sustainability for plastic 3D printed products.

Is Recycled Metal Scrap the Future Feedstock of Choice for Metal 3D Printing?

MolyWorks is future-proofing the circular economy for metals with small-footprint atomization technology that converts metal scrap into additive manufacturing powder on the spot. But that's not the end of the story.

Parametric Design and 3D Printing Deliver Custom, Sustainably Manufactured Furniture

Model No. operates at the intersection of technology and design. Its custom furniture is made on demand through a combination of proprietary large-format 3D printers, sustainable materials and a sleek online storefront.

A Circular Economy for 3D Printed Plastics Starts with Material

When the greatest share of a product’s environmental impact comes from producing its feedstock, selecting the right material is critical. For 3D printing and manufacturing in plastic, biopolymer could be the first step toward a more sustainable model.

The Challenge of Reclaiming Carbon Fiber for 3D Printing

Carbon fiber composite materials weigh significantly less than steel while offering comparable strength and performance. But recovering and recycling continuous fiber for additive manufacturing applications — without any effect on the mechanical properties — has proven extremely difficult. Here is how Oak Ridge National Laboratory is working to solve the challenge.

Why “Recycled” Doesn’t Mean Inferior for 3D Printing Filament

GreenGate3D’s PET-G filament is made from recycled plastic, but that doesn’t diminish its quality. How a recycler found a new business opportunity in 3D printing, and how this success might point the way to a more effective recycling ecosystem. 

Additive Manufacturing Will Aid And Accelerate The Circular Economy

A circular economy links material, design, manufacturing, product and end-of-life in a continuous, sustainable loop. This special report illustrates the roles for 3D printing every step of the way.

Additive Manufacturing and Sustainability Go Together — Here Is Why

3D printing enables sustainable production through recycled materials, end-of-product-life-cycle solutions, and helping to realize eco-friendly products.

Generative Design to Bring Weight and Cost Savings for Micromobility FUV

The “Fun Utility Vehicle” from Arcimoto is already in production, and already lightweight. But after just 30 days of redesign for additive manufacturing, the company discovered major components could be made lighter still, and production could be made simpler.

Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association Commissions Research Project on Sustainability

The Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association (AMGTA) has selected Jeremy Faludi, Ph.D., a leading researcher of sustainable engineering, to oversee its first commissioned university research project. The project will be a systematic review of the environmental impacts and benefits of additive manufacturing.

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