#SUSTAINABILITY

Materials

Materialise Powder, Prototyping Platform Empower Sustainability

By: AM Staff

Bluesint PA 12 powder makes it possible to print with up to 100% reused powder, while Process Turner online platform speeds up prototyping process to eliminate waste.
#polymer #prototyping #sustainability

AMGTA Publishes First Research Paper on Sustainability in Additive Manufacturing

By: AM Staff

Systematic review highlights importance of component end use and need for more research.
#metal #sustainability

Future-Proof Additive Manufacturing Debinding Through Sustainable Methods

Sustainable manufacturing can increase operational efficiency while responding to environmental requirements, but must consider the entire production chain including postprocessing. For binder jetting, this means selecting a sustainable debinding method. 
#metal #postprocessing #sustainability

Materials

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

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

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.
#polymer #sustainability

Aerospace

Sintavia Achieves ISO 14001 Certification for Environmental Management System

By: AM Staff

Certification will assist company in measuring and improving environmental efficiency.
#sustainability

Infographic: How Additive Manufacturing Supports the Circular Economy

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

This downloadable infographic illustrates how 3D printing can be applied for more sustainable manufacturing through every stage: Material, Design, Manufacturing, Product and End-of-Life. 
#sustainability

Leading Global Companies Join AMGTA

By: AM Staff

The AMGTA promotes the environmental benefits of additive manufacturing (AM) over traditional methods of manufacturing.
#sustainability

Design

2020 Formnext Start-Up Challenge Winners Announced

By: AM Staff

Young additive manufacturing companies impress with automated designs, new materials and optimized postprocessing.
#formnext #postprocessing #sustainability

Materials

3D Printed Prefab Homes, Made from Composite and UL-Certified

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

Mighty Buildings wants to change the construction industry with prefabricated houses 3D printed on demand from thermoset polymer composite. Two such buildings have already been installed.
#enterprise #construction #composites

Production

What Do These Flip Flops Say About Manufacturing's Future?: The Cool Parts Show S3E5

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

These 3D printed flip-flops are an example of mass customization, but they also hint at manufacturing's more sustainable, circular future. Find out why in this episode of The Cool Parts Show. 
#coolparts #polymer #sustainability

Better Material Recapture, Reuse Through 3D Printing (Video #5)

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

3D printing helps to simplify both manufacturing of a product and material recapture at the end of its usable life. The key is having a plan at the beginning. More in this video, the last in our series on 3D Printing and the Circular Economy. 
#sustainability

Consumer Goods

How 3D Printing Changes Products in the Circular Economy (Video #4)

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

3D printing makes possible new and different consumer goods, but also changes the buyer's relationship to those goods. More in this video, part of our series on 3D Printing and the Circular Economy. 
#sustainability #video

More Sustainable Manufacturing Through 3D Printing (Video #3)

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

3D printing can support the circular economy by offering an alternative to centralized mass production. More in this video, part of our series on 3D Printing and the Circular Economy. 
#sustainability #video

Design

How 3D Printing Enables More Sustainable Designs (Video #2)

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

The circular economy needs the lightweight, optimized and efficient designs that only 3D printing can provide. More in this video, part of our series on 3D Printing and the Circular Economy. 
#lightweighting #sustainability #video

Materials

3D Printing with Renewable Materials, Frugally Applied (Video #1)

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

Part of our 3D Printing and the Circular Economy series, this video explores the ways that AM supports more sustainable material choices. 
#sustainability #video

What Is the Circular Economy, and How Can 3D Printing Help? (Video)

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

What does it mean to be sustainable, to manufacture in a circular economy? And where does 3D printing fit? These questions and more answered in this video, the first of our 3D Printing and the Circular Economy series. 
#sustainability #video

Production

Retraction Footwear Is the Sustainable Manufacturing Business of the Future

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

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.
#sustainability #polymer

Materials

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

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

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.
#metal #sustainability

Production

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

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

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.
#polymer #sustainability

Materials

A Circular Economy for 3D Printed Plastics Starts with Material

By: Stephanie Hendrixson, Senior Editor

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.
#polymer #sustainability