#SUSTAINABILITY

Production

Materialise Powder, Prototyping Platform Empower Sustainability

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.

AMGTA Publishes First Research Paper on Sustainability in Additive Manufacturing

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

Materials

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.

Aerospace

Sintavia Achieves ISO 14001 Certification for Environmental Management System

Certification will assist company in measuring and improving environmental efficiency.

Leading Global Companies Join AMGTA

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

Materials

2020 Formnext Start-Up Challenge Winners Announced

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

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

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. 

Consumer Goods

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

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. 

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

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. 

Design

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

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. 

Materials

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

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

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

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. 

Production

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.

Materials

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.

Consumer Goods

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.

Materials

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.

Materials

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.

Materials

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.

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.

NSL Powder360 Aids Powder Recycling for Reuse

RAPID 2021: NSL’s Powder360 provides powder characterization through alloy and process development, powder qualification and recycle for reuse.

Materials

6K's Onyx In718 Metal Powder Created from Sustainable Sources

6K’s Onyx In718 premium nickel alloy metal powder is said to be derived from certified chemistry sustainable sources.

Webinar: How to Plan a Successful Transition to Serial Additive Production

The path to serial additive production can lead to shorter production lead times, cost savings, reduced waste and improved sustainability. On December 5, Hear the lessons GE Additive has learned during their journey. Register today!

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