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Goodyear 3D printed tire gathers moss for cleaner air

Goodyear has developed a 3D printed concept tire designed as a solution to rising pollution levels in our cities. According to Chris Delaney, President of Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa, “With more than two-thirds of the world population expected to live in cities by 2050, the demands on transport networks in urban environments will […]

Giant 3D printed “bone structures” explore the possibilities of advanced architecture in Milan

Italy’s largest technical university, Politecnico di Milano, will present a large-scale 3D printed arch at the MADE expo 2017. The Trabeculae Pavilion has been created by the university’s Architecture Computation …

The Secret Sensuality of Trees: Michael Winstone’s Globe-trekking Race to Scan and 3D Print Trees Lost to Deforestation

For the past 20 years, Michael Winstone has traveled the world’s forests to scan and 3D print trees that are in danger of being cut down. His work is currently […]

3D Printing Trends Driving New Business Models

(GreenBiz) New business models, outlined by author Jeremiah Owyang, are emerging from 3D printing. The 3D printing trends are  transforming retailers into manufacturers and service providers, offering customized products at scale and re-configuring supply chain and logistics into new business entities heretofore unseen. Owyang diagrams four models:

1) Industrial 3D printing

2) 3D printing as a service

3) Retail 3D

4) Home 3D printing

He explains that 3D printing isn’t necessarily a greener option, although it can be in certain circumstances, depending on details such as setup and materials used. The big trend is that people and businesses are becoming empowered by new technologies for funding, design, modeling, manufacturing and shipping goods on demand. While most goods are currently simple items, technology will continue to advance, demanding major shifts in today’s manufacturing ecosystem.

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How Green is 3D Printing?

(Greener Ideal) How environmentally friendly is 3D printing? Contributing authors to Greener Ideal take a look at this issue. In traditional manufacturing processes, raw materials like iron and steel feature heavily. These materials have been used in the process for many years, but are often detrimental to the environment as they come from core, using up the earth’s resources. 3D printing, however, is greener in this sense as it often makes use of plastic. Once created, this is much more favorable to the environment as it can easily be recycled. Shipping products around the globe can be very costly, while also generating a hefty carbon footprint. However, 3D printing works to minimize this. Designs for products can be quickly and easily sent to different locations via email, before being printed onsite, lessening the environmental impact of distribution.

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Life Cycle Analysis Examined 3D Printing’s Environmental Impact

(Fast Company) 3D printing may not be greener than manufacturing in a traditional factory, according to a recent study conducted by Jeremy Faludi, a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley. Faludi studied 3D printing in a full life-cycle analysis. Faludi found both disadvantages and advantages related to sustainability in the use of 3D printing. He found it isn’t necessarily true that 3D printing saves waste, even though parts aren’t being cut out of bigger sheets of material. An inkjet 3D printer actually ends up wasting 40% of its material, which can’t be recycled. There is one glaring environmental issue with the technology–energy usage. Keeping plastic melted takes a lot of electricity, and for a design shop that keeps 3D printers running throughout the day, each piece printed out has a big carbon footprint.

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What Are the Ecological & Socio-Economic Ramifications of 3D Printing?

(Manufacturers Monthly) Luke Heemsbergen explains what he see as the important ecological and socio-economic implications of 3D Printing, and the move from do-it-yourself tinkerers to key players selling complete consumer solutions. He believes that ecologically, while 3D printing may be greener than traditional manufacturing, economies of abundance instead of scarcity could create new problems. Recycling consumer 3D printed objects is possible, but it takes energy and only makes production and consumption more efficient – not effectively sustainable. If production increases more than efficiency, we’re still at an environmental loss.
Socio-economic implications are evolving too. Until now, 3D printing required a knack for experimenting and a free and open source knowledge base. Now, firms are providing seamless, vertically integrated experiences attached to familiar web 2.0 monetization models.

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