Category Archives: Environment

3D printing, the Masterspool, and a bid to scrap plastic waste

This week UK scientists advanced the serendipitous discovery of a PET-G eating enzyme that could break down dumped plastic bottles. Just a month after Rich Horner made headlines for his documentation of a Sea of Plastic off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, the mutant enzyme shows promise for degrading the world’s junk problem. As an industry built on […]

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 […]

Interview with Framlab creatives behind 3D printed Homed shelters for NYC

3D printing has become a buzzword within construction for its potential to automate what is, traditionally, a labor-intensive process. Moreover, additive manufacturing provides architects with new possibilities in materials and design, encouraging structures built with little environmental impact, and low material cost. Recently, Homed, a project seeking to provide shelter for New York’s growing homeless population, […]

Judi Dench’s Passion for Trees explored with 3D scanner in new BBC doc

In the center of a garden woodland in Surrey, southeast England, there is a magnificent 200 year old oak tree. Dating as far back as the battle of Waterloo, the tree has survived both World Wars, avoiding much sustained bombing of British cities and the countryside. In addition to its size and survival, the tree […]

OECD say 3D printing will replace traditional machining within 10 years

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has highlighted the potential environmental impact of 3D printing in its report The Next Production Revolution: Implications for Governments and Business. The report makes a bold claim that, “The next five to ten years will probably see 3D printing supplant much (perhaps even most) machining of parts”. […]

Scholarships from Australian University open up a world of possibilities for 3D printing

Students looking to undertake a PhD in 3D printing should consider the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia. Together with the Commonwealth Scientific …

Brewery Creates 3Dp Solution to Save Marine Life

Sick of seeing animals like this?     Thousands of animals die each year because of human negligence, and our poor attitudes towards environmental sustainability. Those that don’t die are permanently deformed, like this turtle, Peanut. 20 years after she was cut free from 6-pack rings, she still looks the same (but that doesn’t stop her from enjoying life as a mascot against littering).     Enter Saltwater Brewery and We Believers. The beer company and New York ad agency have banded together to create a plastic-free six-pack that feeds marine life, instead of choking or trapping them.     The Edible Six Pack Ring is made from byproducts of the brewing process such as wheat and barley, making it the first 100 percent biodegradable, compostable and edible packaging implemented in the beer industry. 3D printers were used to manufacture the first batch of 500 edible and biodegradable six-pack rings for Saltwater Brewery’s main brand IPA. The plan is to produce 400,000 edible six-pack rings per month, enough for the current monthly production of Saltwater Brewery. The product, designed with a team of engineers at a small startup in Mexico, is as resilient and efficient as the current plastic six-pack ring option, according to We Believers co-founders Marco Vega and Gustavo Lauria. The first mass-produced batch will cost between 10 and 15 cents per unit, for craft beer that costs more than […]

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SelfEco Breaks Down PLA: Making 3D Printing Eco-friendly

By Liz Pekler

Polylactic acid or PLA has brought 3D printing closer to full green sustainability in recent years. When used as a filament in 3D printing, PLA eliminates most of the issues brought about by common petro-based plastics, resulting in less waste, non-toxic products, and reduced negative effect on the environment.  PLA has become an increasingly popular choice for 3D printing material. Let’s have a look at the process from Plant to PLA filament.
Infographic: Selfeco/Green Design, MIT – Institute of Design
PLA is the same type of plastic used in making environmentally friendly disposable cups and utensils labeled “compostable” or “made from corn.” It is produced from renewable crops such as corn, sugarcane, or tapioca, and is being widely used today as a safe, non-toxic, biodegradable, and eco-conscious material in medical implants, packaging, hygiene products, upholstery, injection molding, and more.…

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