AMS Spring 2023

Live Entrepreneurship & 3D Value Networks Sustainability and Concrete

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3D Printing Pioneer Janne Kyttanen is doing a series about value networks. In an interview, Janne has explained to us what exactly this is. Subsequently, Janne kicked off the series with a video interview with BAM’s Jeroen Nuijten on 3D printing concrete. Now Janne will delve deeper into 3D printing concrete through a discussion with Robert Niven of Carboncure.

Essentially what Janne is trying to do is to in front of your very eyes evaluate a technology, learn and then hopefully establish a value network that disrupts this technology. Now Janne wants to delve deeper into one of the most common building substances in the world. Accused of much CO2 pollution, is there such a thing as sustainability in concrete?

Janne thinks that now is the time to innovate in concrete.

“My second 3D value network chat revolves around sustainability. In this day an age, it is hard for companies to be successful unless this very word is tattooed on their forehead. The days are over where the decadent human can roam the planet without consequences. Some even say, the COVID pandemic is nature’s way of telling us to slow down. The air is purer all over the world now and turtles are laying more eggs on deserted beaches, which previously have been packed by people.”

“But this talk is not about turtles, but about sustainability in concrete, value networks and why they matter for the 3D printing industry. Before I give the stage for the experts, there is one basic takeaway I have learned from concrete and sustainability this year. Whilst there is bad rep in the news for concrete and how bad it is for the environment, the reason is, it is a gigantic industry. No matter what other gigantic industry you would put on the table as a comparison, they all create a level of “badness” for the planet. But if the benefits would not by far overrule the bad, they would simply disappear and that is for sure not happening for concrete.

“However, it is no excuse why we could not do things better, which is why I have specifically invited Robert Nivem, CEO of Carboncure for my next talk. Let’s hear from him how their technology is reversing the CO2 emissions from concrete for the benefit of the entire industry and the world.”

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