I’m reading a paper analyzing the economic effectiveness of the Green Fab Lab Network concept.
A New Way to Reuse 3D Print Scraps: RecyclingFabrik’s Recycling Service
A new 3D print recycling service has emerged in Germany: RecyclingFabrik.
Zero-Emission Steel Production: How Can Additive Manufacturing Assist?
A research paper on a future zero-emission steel future has implications for additive manufacturing.
Haddy: The New 3D Printed Furniture Startup
A new 3D print-based furniture venture has launched: Haddy.
BeeHex Is Developing a Way to 3D Print Food From Plastic
We haven’t written about BeeHex for quite some time, but it turns out they’ve been developing an unusual food 3D printing technology involving plastics.
RePPA: A Game Changer for Resin 3D Printer Post-Processing and IPA Recycling
A company has launched an accessory to post process resin 3D prints and recycle the solvent!
Is It Time For 3D Print Material Biodegradability?
I read about a new sustainable polymer being developed, and had a thought about sustainability in the 3D print world.
Is the ReCreator 3D’s Pultrusion Method a Good Thing?
I’m looking at an interesting open source hardware project, the ReCreator 3D.
Another 3D Company Announces a Sustainability Initiative
It’s gradually becoming the norm to have a sustainability program if you’re in the AM space.
Saving the World One Part at a Time by Accounting for Carbon
The devil is in the details, say researchers at Autodesk University.
Why Isn’t There an IPA Recycler?
Many things are recycled in 3D printing, but what about IPA?
Recycling Auto Parts and 3D Printing
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi look at recent trends in the automotive industry.
Essentium Announces Major Recyclable Materials Partnership
Essentium announced today a major materials partnership with Braskem that should provide new types of 3D print materials.
Nexa3D Opens Up About the Dirty Side of 3D Printing
What gaps need to be addressed to make additive manufacturing truly sustainable?
Equipment Refurbishing Savings and 3D Printing
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi examine the concept of refurbished items and how 3D printing could help move it forward.
6K Additive Proves Their Sustainability
6K Additive is yet another 3D print company that’s working diligently on attaining a sustainable state.
Used Caterpillar Engines and 3D Printing
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi look at developments from Caterpillar.
3D Printing Is Pivotal to Sustainable Manufacturing and the Circular Economy
As the manufacturing world continues to evolve, additive manufacturing offers solutions to achieve sustainable manufacturing.
A Very Different Way To 3D Print Glass
Glass 3D printing is a very challenging technology but researchers have found a different way to 3D print that common material.
New AI-Generated Enzyme Could Get Rid of 3D Print Waste
Researchers have used a unique process to develop an enzyme that dissolves thermoplastic.
Another PLA Recycling Venture
I’ve just noticed another PLA recycling service, specifically for 3D print waste.
Pepsi To Produce 3D Printer Filament
Drink giant Pepsi is getting into the 3D printing business.
Plastic Recycling Breakthrough?
Researchers have made a technical breakthrough that could eventually change the use of recycled material for 3D printing.
New AM Materials Round Up, March 25, 2022
Several new AM materials were announced in the past week.
3D Printing Homes with Recycled Plastics￼
Azure Printed Homes will use plastics destined for landfill to print affordable living structures instead.
Steel Mills, Scrapyards and 3D Printing
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi look at the implications of scrapyard metal recovery efforts.
Embracing Circularity in Manufacturing with Carbon Fiber Recycling
Vartega employs a patented chemical-based process to rescue carbon fiber waste from an eternity in the landfill.
Prusa’s Sustainable Step: Recycled Prusament
Prusa Research took a very interesting further step into the world of sustainability with the introduction of a recycled PLA material.
STEELTEK’s Green 3D Printer Spools
A Polish startup has developed an eco-friendly spool for 3D print material.
Polymaker Shifts To Recyclable Cardboard Spools
Polymaker’s latest innovation isn’t in thermoplastic chemistry, but is instead in packaging.
Roboze To Launch Recycling Program
In January Roboze will launch a new program to establish a “circular economy” for their materials.
Commodity Pricing, Plastic and 3D Printing
Charles R. Goulding and Joseph Castine examine a new technology for recycling thermoplastics.
Alternative Forms For Sustainability In 3D Printing
With the increasing emphasis on sustainability in industry, 3D printing may have to look towards unusual solutions.
3DEVO’s New Smart GP20 Hybrid Plastic Shredder
3DEVO announced an unusual accessory for their thermoplastic recycling system, the GP20 Hybrid Shredder/Granulator.
100% Reusable Bluesint PA12 Powder Service Now Available
Materialise announced the broad availability of their 100% reusable powder 3D printing service, Bluesint PA12.
3D Printing For Tokyo 2020
Olympians and Paralympians at this summer’s Tokyo games will be awarded atop beautiful podiums 3D printed from recycled plastics.
E-Waste And Duke University’s Impact On Recyclable Electronics Via 3D Printing
Charles R. Goulding and Joseph Castine consider research into 3D printing to impact e-waste.
Question of the Week: Self-Made Filament
This week’s question relates to the idea of making your own 3D printer filament.
Let’s Recycle Your 3D Prints Into Jet Fuel
There may be a path to solving the dilemma of unwanted 3D prints.
Desktop Wood? Desktop Metal Announces “Forust”
Desktop Metal unexpectedly announced a new wood 3D printing process called “Forust”.
Would You Eat 3D Printed Food Waste?
A company is 3D printing apparently edible food treats made from waste.
Could Chemical Recycling Promote Circular Economies in Manufacturing?
New chemical recycling process preserves material performance without downgrading.
Understanding The Metal 3D Print Condensate Problem
Sintavia published an excellent document describing the condensate problem at many metal 3D print operations.
How Green Can 3D Printing Be?
There has been a significant shift towards more eco-friendly 3D printing recently, but there is a long way to go.
Sharon To: “We Want To Give Regions The Ability To Recycle Their Own Plastics”
Sharon To is co-founder and CTO of Closed Loop Plastics and our Women in 3D Printing Guest #267!
New Recycled Flexible Filament From Recreus
Recreus has introduced the first recycled flexible 3D printer filament.
Chemical Recycling Of Plastics And 3D Printing
Charles R. Goulding and Joseph Castine examine the role of plastics recycling efforts in impacting 3D printing materials availability and pricing.
Finally: Method Discovered To Easily Decompose 3D Print Material
Researchers have identified a method of easily — and ecologically — disposing of PET thermoplastics.
3DEVO’s New Purge Material
3DEVO announced a new purge material that seems to have a lot of advantages, but what’s this all about?
3D Printing With 100% Recycled Powder
Materialise has introduced Bluesint PA12, enabling 3D printing with 100% recycled powder.
The Quagmire That Is 3D Printer Filament Eco Terminology
Another eco-friendly 3D printer filament? Hold on, there is a lot more to the story.
It May Be Time To Abandon PLA For 3D Printing
I’m now considering whether PLA should be the default 3D printing material for desktop equipment.
Elcan: Sifting Through The Metal 3D Printing Powder
Charles R. Goulding and Peter Favata discuss the importance of quality for metal 3D printing materials.
3D Printing Isotopes!
Argonne scientists have developed an innovative method to more accurately, cost-efficiently, and reliably recycle an important medical isotope using 3D printing.
6K Additive Makes Some Big Moves
6K Additive has commissioned their first units and at the same time has landed a sustainable client.
AMT On Post-Formnext Developments In The Time Of COVID-19
AM Technologies has been busy developing new 3D print post processing gear during the COVID-19 crisis, including a new powder removal unit.
Hands On With Two More Fiberlogy Filaments
We examine two more filament materials from Fiberlogy, another PLA and a PET-G, and made some surprising discoveries.
Canada To Declare Plastics As “Toxic Substance”: Implications On 3D Printing
Canada is set to declare plastics as a “toxic substance”. What effect could this have on 3D printing?
Producing Paper Objects With 3D Printing
An inventive designer has developed a method for producing 3D paper objects using recycled paper and 3D printed molds.
From Fries To 3D Prints: Deep Fryer Oil Transformed Into 3D Printer Resin
Researchers have figured out how to make 3D printer resin from waste cooking oil, and it’s incredibly inexpensive.
Project PLA Hopes To Solve The 3D Printing Waste Challenge
A service wants to recycle your PLA 3D printer scraps by collecting them and sending to industrial recyclers.
An Update On RePLAy 3D
RePLAy 3D contacted us to explain more details about the nature of their unusual 3D printer filament recycling service.
Wanted: PDK 3D Printer Filament
Researchers have discovered a new plastic material, PDK, which seems to have unusually strong recycling properties.
3D Printed Metal Scavenger Filters
New research seems to have developed an incredibly effective method of 3D printing speciality filters to extract specific metals from waste material.
Astronauts Can Now Recycle Plastics Into 3D Printing Filament
Why limit recycling to Earth when you can do it in outer space too?
3DEVO Expands to North America
3DEVO is opening an office in the USA to market their desktop filament maker, and this is a significant milestone for the company and the 3D printing industry.
6K Additive Introduces Revolutionary Powder Making Process
6K Additive’s new Unimelt process could produce incredibly high quality metal powder for additive manufacturing and move the industry further towards a sustainable future.
You Can Assist Research on Sustainable 3D Printing Materials
Can 3D printing waste be recycled to create a sustainable material lifecycle? New research requires your input on this important topic.
Should 3D Print Services Use Recycled Material?
Should 3D print services use recycled 3D printer materials? It seems like the eco-friendly thing to do, but is it economically feasible?
A New Recycled Filament Option: RE PET 3D
Is 3D printer filament made from recycled material financially viable? Czech company RE PET 3D hopes to prove so, with their 100% recycled 3D printer filament products.
How To Reclaim More 3D Print Powder Material And Increase 3D Print Quality
You can lose a great deal of expensive 3D printing powder due to limited recycling abilities. But now there may be a way to optimize additive manufacturing powder recycling.
Recyclable Thermosets Could Change Resin 3D Printing
Can you reuse thermoset plastics? It turns out there is a way, just discovered by researchers. This could enable future use of recyclable 3D printer resins.
Five Impactful 3D Printing Innovations
Let’s take a look at a few of the most impressive 3D printing innovations of the last five years and see how much the industry has changed since it began.
Henkel’s Adhesives and Additive Manufacturing Recycling Focus
Henkel has announced a partnership to enhance recycling in additive manufacturing.
Carbon’s Significant News For Dental 3D Printing
Carbon’s powerful resin 3D printers have been extensively used by manufacturing, but it seems the company is all in for dental usage as well.
Urban Design Project Invites Public to ‘3D Print (Their) City’ From Waste
With much of the world turning a newer, greener leaf, many people are finding ways to incorporate a “greener” lifestyle with 21st-century technologies.
A Very Different Kind of Wood Filament
Deep in the forests of British Columbia is a startup company making 3D print materials from wood.
Using Lignin as a 3D Print Material
ORNL Researchers have found a way to 3D print lignin.
3D Printing Waste Becomes Sustainable Concrete
Sustainability is a major issue in today’s world, and additive manufacturing may be able to help the concrete industry lower CO2 emissions.
Ambitious Ocean Plastics Recycling Project
I’m looking at a new Kickstarter project that hopes to manufacture 3D printer filament from stray plastic in the Caribbean.
To Antarctica In A 3D Printed Solar Rover!
A Dutch team intends on traversing the most southerly continent in a 3D printed solar powered rover.
A New HIPS 3D Printer Filament with a Difference
Refil announced a new recycled HIPS 3D printer filament, but its source is of interest.
A 3D Printer Filament Recycling Service?
I’m looking at Replay 3D, a seller of recycled 3D printer filaments.
3D Printing Waste Becoming A Thing
A new contest highlights the growing problem of 3D printer waste.
A Sustainable Place to Rest Your Rear
3D printing the seating of the future isn’t just getting personal, it’s sustainable.
The Significance of Completely Biodegradable 3D-Printed Plastic
In a Greenpeace study that occurred in June 2018, researchers found microplastics and persistent chemicals in the majority of water and snow samples taken.
Resin Print Recycling Method Invented: Is The Planet Saved?
A method has been discovered that allows moderate recycling of photopolymer 3D prints.
Recyclable BioPlastics Are Not Necessarily Energy Efficient
A research report puts doubt on the notion of “eco friendly” 3D printing.
What Are the Environmental Impacts of 3D Printing?
Is 3D printing positive or negative to the environment?
Possibly Game-Changing 3D Print Spinoff From NASA?
NASA announced they’re working on something called the “Refabricator”, and I’m wondering where this is going.
3D Printed Toys are Financially Feasible, Just Not How It Was Imagined
A study published in Technologies examines the effect of 3D printed toys, specially at MyMiniFactory.
3D Print Community: Reflow
This month’s community support selection is Reflow, a project to assist third world countries through 3D printing.
Recycled 3D Printer Plastics: Possible, But Many Challenges Remain
I’m looking at a new startup focused on use of recycled plastics for the production of 3D printer filaments and have some thoughts.
Lyndsey Lewis – “3d Printing Will Be Able to Mature in Places Where Production Infrastructure Is Broken”
Lyndsey is the co-founder of Reflow, which converts recyclable plastic into 3D print filaments using open source technology.
Reflow: Recycled 3D Printer Filament System That Works
There have been many aborted attempts at producing recycled 3D printer filament, but Reflow’s approach appears to be successful.