Additive manufacturing is inherently a means of production that could improve the sustainability of industries around the world. The very idea of producing by adding only the material needed, instead of removing material in excess, without the need of producing tools could be a game-changer for the global environment. If fewer materials are needed, less are wasted. Producing parts when they are needed, and where they are needed can go a long way reducing overall emissions from industrial production.

The match between AM and sustainability also goes beyond industrial production: the use of 3D printing in construction is emerging as a much more environment-friendly approach, both in terms of workflows and materials used. This has obvious repercussions in the housing industry but also in renewable energy production.

However, the road to making AM a truly sustainable means of production is a long one. Currently, many metal AM processes are high-energy-intensive, many polymers AM processes still waste a lot of – often toxic – materials and construction 3D printing processes are still in their infancy.

As the global economy undergoes a dramatic contraction, an opportunity emerges to further develop AM into a way to produce in a more efficient way: digital, on-demand, additive and distributed manufacturing is now a serious and credible option. It may be the only option to tackle – in one shot – all the social, economic, health and environmental challenges that lie ahead.

  • USNC licenses ORNL method to 3D print nuclear reactor components

    Ultra Safe Nuclear Corporation (USNC) has licensed a novel method to 3D print highly resistant components for use in nuclear reactor designs. USNC Executive Vice President Kurt Terrani, formerly of ORNL, said the novel method will allow the company to make parts with desired complex shapes more efficiently. The novel…

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  • Additive manufacturing trends 2022

    With its roots dating back to the 1980s, the additive manufacturing industry is continually transforming and evolving. And now, as we enter 2022, some 40 years on from the beginnings of 3D printing, we are starting to have a clearer picture of what the long-term future of the industry will…

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  • Dutch House of Representatives gets 3D printed circular canopy

    Bart Kellerhuis the creative director of Zecc Architecten is responsible for the temporary accommodation of the Dutch House of Representatives, more commonly known as ‘Tweede Kamer’. Zecc created a custom version of Aectual technology‘s Weave panels to design a unique circular canopy for the building. Winner of the ‘Dutch architect…

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  • Olli 2.0 integrates Windform 3D printed parts from CRP Technology

    Olli 2.0, the autonomous electric vehicle from the ground sustainable mobility company Local Motors, now includes 3D printed parts manufactured by CRP Technology using Windform composite materials. The Modena-based company, which has been leading in professional 3D printing with Windform composite materials since 1996, was contacted by the EMEA management…

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  • IMAGENERIA launches to offer sustainable 3D printable products

    IMAGENERIA, a multi-sided platform for 3D printable lifestyle products, just launched with over 400 high-quality 3D printable digital assets (files) created by designers from all over the world. Founded in 2021, the startup is based in Los Angeles and offers the opportunity to use digital assets in the metaverse, 3D…

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  • How 3D printing is raising awareness on turtle conservation

    World-leading hotel group, Jumeirah, is raising awareness for Turtle Conservation with a unique range of 3D printed turtle structures, being installed throughout Dubai. Since its inception in 2004, the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project has rescued and recovered an incredible 1,600 turtles, releasing them back into their natural habitat. Renowned artist,…

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  • Adidas Berlin store opens with giant bECOme 3D printed sculpture

    Adidas opened the doors of its most sustainable flagship store to date under the motto “Renew Berlin”. The three-story, 1400m² Adidas Berlin flagship store stands for regionality, sustainability and the brand’s deep roots in sports. The store features Project bECOme, a 3D printed installation created by designer Arturo Tedeschi using…

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  • MTC to develop guidance on metal powder recycling and re-use in AM

    Roughly 5-20% of the feedstock used in powder bed AM machines is turned into the final part, while the remaining powder material needs to be recycled, to ensure that the business case remains viable and more sustainable. To this end. MTC (Manufacturing Technology Center) and NCAM (the National Center for…

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  • DQBD evolves cycling saddle production workflow with SAF

    German design company DQBD is leveraging the Stratasys H350 3D printer to produce personalized cycling saddles that offer a higher level of comfort and performance efficiency compared to regular versions. DQBD is additively manufacturing several of the saddle’s load-bearing parts at scale, saving thousands of euros in costs and cutting…

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  • This amazing guitar was 3D printed in real wood

    We’ve seen guitars 3D printed in plastics and then 3D printed in metal (many of these were done by Olaf Diegel, Professor of Additive Manufacturing at the University of Auckland). But we had yet to see a working guitar 3D printed in real wood. For that, we needed Forust technology.…

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