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3D Printing: Sustainability, Recycling, and Home Use

3D Printing: Sustainability, Recycling, and Home Use

Written by David

June 10, 2020

You may have heard that 3D printers can create everything from prosthetic limbs to guns to even houses. The technology could allow more efficient production at the “edge” of the economy and create more efficient distribution systems.


What does this revolutionary technology mean for our lives and the environment? Let’s dive in.


The Sustainability of 3D Printing


Traditional manufacturing is not always an efficient use of material because it often involves drilling away material from a whole to create a product and throwing away the remainder. On the other hand, 3D printing is a form of additive manufacturing that allows us to “print” three-dimensional objects from a digital file, similar to printing a Word document on a traditional printer. But instead of a flat representation on a sheet of paper, the 3D printer layers filaments of various materials in thin sheets until it “adds up” to create a […]


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