AM helps us tackle environmental issues from the ground up (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 86)

Humans are having a tremendous impact on the environment. The complex interweaving systems of industry, infrastructure and more are taking their toll in terms of pollution, waste and climate change. Fortunately, we’ve never been more conscious about this, and the newest technologies are being employed, and developed, with these issues in mind. AM is already redefining the idea of wastefulness, shifting the production paradigm from warehouse stocks to as-needed. This means that not only production will be less wasteful, but the entire network will be extremely optimized, requiring less shipping and thus cutting emissions. Each AM technology will need time to develop and improve upon the positive impact it can deliver to the world, solving problems like high energy consumption, but the future is getting a little brighter also thanks to them.

How 3D Printing Is Fighting Global Warming

The additive manufacturing industry overflows with companies that are thinking long term and refusing to sit idly as our environment suffers to the detriment of future generations. In the clouds of darkness that hover, these technologies could be the light. Here are five particularly potent examples: slashing shipping, reducing product waste, cutting emissions, making cars lighter, documenting vanishing ecosystems.

Read more about each example on Fortune.

ETH Zurich’s DFAB house installs largest ever 3D printed concrete slab

The DFAB construction project underway at ETH Zurich aims to use all the latest digital technologies to produce a real three-story house. After using the robotic additive deposition to produce walls and advance composite materials for internal complex structures, now the researchers at ETH Zurich have fabricated an 80 m2 lightweight concrete “Smart Slab” lab using large format binder jetting technology. This makes the DFAB house the world’s first full-scale architectural project to use 3D sand printing for its formwork.

Read the rest here.

Is 3D Printing Really As Eco-friendly As We Think It Is?

Environmental impacts of 3D printing according to materials and processes. Chart via Umweltbundesamt.

A recent study by German environmental association, Umweltbundesamt (UBA), gives information on 3D printing and the environment. Titled 3D Printing Trend report for assessing the environmental impacts, this study details the burdens and benefits of additive manufacturing within the environment, and its impact on personal health at home and in factories.

Read the full article here.

 

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AUTHENTISE will be exhibiting, through a partnership with America Makes, the power of smart digital tools within the AM production thread. Showcasing our 3Diax modular platform and MES for AM, you’ll be able to witness how our machine learning algorithms and automation tools can boost operational performance through the roof for each role within the pipeline.

WHERE: additive ETC, located on Level 3 of the West Building at McCormick Center.

WHEN: 10th – 15th September