It’s gradually becoming the norm to have a sustainability program if you’re in the AM space.
The devil is in the details, say researchers at Autodesk University.
Many things are recycled in 3D printing, but what about IPA?
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi look at recent trends in the automotive industry.
Essentium announced today a major materials partnership with Braskem that should provide new types of 3D print materials.
What gaps need to be addressed to make additive manufacturing truly sustainable?
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi examine the concept of refurbished items and how 3D printing could help move it forward.
6K Additive is yet another 3D print company that’s working diligently on attaining a sustainable state.
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi look at developments from Caterpillar.
As the manufacturing world continues to evolve, additive manufacturing offers solutions to achieve sustainable manufacturing.
Glass 3D printing is a very challenging technology but researchers have found a different way to 3D print that common material.
Researchers have used a unique process to develop an enzyme that dissolves thermoplastic.
I’ve just noticed another PLA recycling service, specifically for 3D print waste.
Drink giant Pepsi is getting into the 3D printing business.
Researchers have made a technical breakthrough that could eventually change the use of recycled material for 3D printing.
Several new AM materials were announced in the past week.
Azure Printed Homes will use plastics destined for landfill to print affordable living structures instead.
Charles R. Goulding and Preeti Sulibhavi look at the implications of scrapyard metal recovery efforts.
Vartega employs a patented chemical-based process to rescue carbon fiber waste from an eternity in the landfill.
Prusa Research took a very interesting further step into the world of sustainability with the introduction of a recycled PLA material.
A Polish startup has developed an eco-friendly spool for 3D print material.
Polymaker’s latest innovation isn’t in thermoplastic chemistry, but is instead in packaging.
In January Roboze will launch a new program to establish a “circular economy” for their materials.
Charles R. Goulding and Joseph Castine examine a new technology for recycling thermoplastics.
With the increasing emphasis on sustainability in industry, 3D printing may have to look towards unusual solutions.
3DEVO announced an unusual accessory for their thermoplastic recycling system, the GP20 Hybrid Shredder/Granulator.
Materialise announced the broad availability of their 100% reusable powder 3D printing service, Bluesint PA12.
Olympians and Paralympians at this summer’s Tokyo games will be awarded atop beautiful podiums 3D printed from recycled plastics.
Charles R. Goulding and Joseph Castine consider research into 3D printing to impact e-waste.
This week’s question relates to the idea of making your own 3D printer filament.
There may be a path to solving the dilemma of unwanted 3D prints.
Desktop Metal unexpectedly announced a new wood 3D printing process called “Forust”.
A company is 3D printing apparently edible food treats made from waste.
New chemical recycling process preserves material performance without downgrading.
Sintavia published an excellent document describing the condensate problem at many metal 3D print operations.
There has been a significant shift towards more eco-friendly 3D printing recently, but there is a long way to go.
Sharon To is co-founder and CTO of Closed Loop Plastics and our Women in 3D Printing Guest #267!
Recreus has introduced the first recycled flexible 3D printer filament.
Charles R. Goulding and Joseph Castine examine the role of plastics recycling efforts in impacting 3D printing materials availability and pricing.
Researchers have identified a method of easily — and ecologically — disposing of PET thermoplastics.
3DEVO announced a new purge material that seems to have a lot of advantages, but what’s this all about?
Materialise has introduced Bluesint PA12, enabling 3D printing with 100% recycled powder.
Another eco-friendly 3D printer filament? Hold on, there is a lot more to the story.
I’m now considering whether PLA should be the default 3D printing material for desktop equipment.
Charles R. Goulding and Peter Favata discuss the importance of quality for metal 3D printing materials.
Argonne scientists have developed an innovative method to more accurately, cost-efficiently, and reliably recycle an important medical isotope using 3D printing.
6K Additive has commissioned their first units and at the same time has landed a sustainable client.
AM Technologies has been busy developing new 3D print post processing gear during the COVID-19 crisis, including a new powder removal unit.
We examine two more filament materials from Fiberlogy, another PLA and a PET-G, and made some surprising discoveries.
Canada is set to declare plastics as a “toxic substance”. What effect could this have on 3D printing?
An inventive designer has developed a method for producing 3D paper objects using recycled paper and 3D printed molds.
Researchers have figured out how to make 3D printer resin from waste cooking oil, and it’s incredibly inexpensive.
A service wants to recycle your PLA 3D printer scraps by collecting them and sending to industrial recyclers.
RePLAy 3D contacted us to explain more details about the nature of their unusual 3D printer filament recycling service.
Researchers have discovered a new plastic material, PDK, which seems to have unusually strong recycling properties.
New research seems to have developed an incredibly effective method of 3D printing speciality filters to extract specific metals from waste material.
Why limit recycling to Earth when you can do it in outer space too?
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’s new Unimelt process could produce incredibly high quality metal powder for additive manufacturing and move the industry further towards a sustainable future.
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 3D printer materials? It seems like the eco-friendly thing to do, but is it economically feasible?
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.
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.
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.
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 has announced a partnership to enhance recycling in additive manufacturing.
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.
With much of the world turning a newer, greener leaf, many people are finding ways to incorporate a “greener” lifestyle with 21st-century technologies.
Deep in the forests of British Columbia is a startup company making 3D print materials from wood.
ORNL Researchers have found a way to 3D print lignin.
Sustainability is a major issue in today’s world, and additive manufacturing may be able to help the concrete industry lower CO2 emissions.
I’m looking at a new Kickstarter project that hopes to manufacture 3D printer filament from stray plastic in the Caribbean.
A Dutch team intends on traversing the most southerly continent in a 3D printed solar powered rover.
Refil announced a new recycled HIPS 3D printer filament, but its source is of interest.
I’m looking at Replay 3D, a seller of recycled 3D printer filaments.
A new contest highlights the growing problem of 3D printer waste.
3D printing the seating of the future isn’t just getting personal, it’s sustainable.
In a Greenpeace study that occurred in June 2018, researchers found microplastics and persistent chemicals in the majority of water and snow samples taken.
A method has been discovered that allows moderate recycling of photopolymer 3D prints.
A research report puts doubt on the notion of “eco friendly” 3D printing.
Is 3D printing positive or negative to the environment?
NASA announced they’re working on something called the “Refabricator”, and I’m wondering where this is going.
A study published in Technologies examines the effect of 3D printed toys, specially at MyMiniFactory.
This month’s community support selection is Reflow, a project to assist third world countries through 3D printing.
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 is the co-founder of Reflow, which converts recyclable plastic into 3D print filaments using open source technology.
There have been many aborted attempts at producing recycled 3D printer filament, but Reflow’s approach appears to be successful.
Utrecht-based 3devo’s new filament extruder is now available on their crowdfunding page, but will it be practical?
A report on PhysOrg describes how researchers developed an ingenious method of 3D printing with cellulose.
A new venture is purchasing scrap plastic for eventual use in 3D printers.
Stratasys has made significant improvements to their recycling program.
A startup company has developed a way to produce high quality recycled 3D printer filament.
Matt Clark has designed a recyclable bicycle that could benefit from 3D printing.
Germany’s Diamond Plastics GmbH, has introduced a new, reusable plastic powder of laser sintering.
We’re checking out a new product from UK-based OmniDynamics: the Strooder, which converts plastic pellets into 3D printable filament.