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Manufacturing Breakthrough Creates Path towards Eliminating Waste in 3D Printing

Manufacturing Breakthrough Creates Path towards Eliminating Waste in 3D Printing

Written by David

November 21, 2020

Materialise announces Bluesint PA12, a material innovation that makes it possible to 3D print with up to 100% re-used powder.

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3D printing is often considered a sustainable manufacturing technology but a new Lifecycle Analysis indicates that for large series of identical products, 3D printing has a bigger environmental impact compared to a conventional production technology. With the announcement of Bluesint PA12, Materialise creates a path towards eliminating waste in 3D printing. With Bluesint PA12, powder that would normally be wasted can be given a second life to make new parts. Parts printed with Bluesint PA12 have similar mechanical properties, allowing users to make a choice not only based on technical specifications but also on the environmental impact. “Many people view 3D printing as a positive force that helps companies to operate more sustainably”, says Fried Vancraen, CEO of Materialise. “However, that’s simply […]

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