Sustainability

Redefine Meat Raises $29M to Grow its 3D Printed Alt-Meat Portfolio

Animal-free meat startup Redefine Meat said it raised $29 million in an equity-based financing round that will be used to expand its plant-based meat portfolio and support its commercial launch…

Circular Economy: Supernovas Transforms Plastic Waste into 3D Printed Furniture

Plastic waste is being converted into filaments used to 3D print unique furniture and objects. Supernovas, a recently launched London and Milan-based circular design and lifestyle company, has shown that…

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Biomaterial printing with cellulose-based materials

NOVUM is sponsoring the Bioprinting vertical for 3DPrint.com’s upcoming AMS online industry summit (Feb 9-10, 2021). Additionally, Heli Kangas, Technology Manager for Biomass Processing and Products at the VTT Technical…

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UMaine 3D Printing Massive Wind Turbine Molds

As global society shifts to renewable energy, there will likely be efforts to make the production of wind turbines faster and more efficient. Fortunately for those involved, 3D printing will…

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WASP’s Dual House 3D Printers Build Innovative Eco-Habitat in Italy

Pioneering Italian 3D printer manufacturer WASP (World’s Advanced Saving Project) completed the printing phase of its sustainable living project TECLA, an innovative eco-habitat, circular housing model created entirely with reusable…

Circular Economy Under-explored in 3D Printing, Say Researchers

Researchers from UNIDEMI at the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa in Portugal took note of the fact that, while 3D printing could serve as a key technology in a circular economy,…

Fungus in Your Ears: Fraunhofer 3D Prints Mycelium as Sound Absorber

We’re in an urgent need of shifting not just our energy sources from fossil fuels to renewables, but in replacing the source of our plastics from petroleum to biopolymers. Much…

Toward Sustainable 3D Printing: Eastman to Begin Reporting Plastic Pellet Spills in 2021

Although we have become accustomed to seeing plastic in its final form, nearly every product made of plastic starts out as pellets. These tiny, disc-shaped granules that usually measure a…

Malawi Wants to Build Africa’s First 3D Printed Buildings

A group in Malawi wants to build Africa’s first 3D printed buildings. A LafargeHolcim and CDC joint venture, 14Trees, will use a COBOD BOD2 3D printer to build housing and…

NOVUM Project Developing Cellulose 3D Printing Pilot Line

As discussed in our series on the relationship between 3D printing and climate change, fossil fuel companies anticipating any regulation in response to global warming have warmed up to the…

AIM Sweden Creates 3D Printed Tooling Solution for Molded Fiber Containers

A team of researchers and engineers at medical and industrial component manufacturer AIM Sweden have been leveraging GE Additive’s 3D printing technology to manufacture sustainable paper food and drink containers…

Biodigital Architecture: FELIXprinters and iBAG-UIC to Test Living Biomaterials for Sustainable Architecture

Focused on bringing together biological and digital technologies to transform architecture, the Institute for BioDigital Architecture and Genetics at the International University of Catalonia (iBAG-UIC) in Barcelona, has announced a…

How Sustainable is Metal 3D Printing? AMGTA’s First Report Says “It Depends”

Two months after commissioning the first research project on the environmental sustainability of metal 3D printing, the Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association (AMGTA), a global trade group created to foster…

Formnext 2020 Roundup: New 3D Printing Hardware, Materials and Partnerships

In a typical year, the Formnext event sees people travel from all over the world to Frankfurt for a four-day showcase, loaded with breakout sessions and networking events, highlighting the…

Model No. 3D Prints Furniture from Agricultural Waste

3D printing is often viewed as one of the key sustainable technologies, primarily because it can produce complex structures in one single part, facilitates efficient designs, and creates less waste….

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DoD Awards $1M to 6K to Recycle Scrap for Metal 3D Printing

The United States Department of Defense (DoD)’s combat logistics support, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), has awarded a Phase two Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to 6K, a leading…

GE Additive, Siemens and 10 More Join Sustainable 3D Printing Trade Group

Securing environmentally friendly manufacturing industries is ideal to reduce cost and waste, support cleaner and greener technologies, and lower the negative impacts of production on society and the environment. Additive…

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Adidas Adds Automated Weaving Robot to Shoe 3D Printing Tech

With footwear, 3D printing has been making some serious headway, as numerous brands experiment with 3D printed orthotics and midsoles. In its report, “3D-Printed Footwear 2020-2030, an Analysis of the…

3D Printed Egg Decoys Help Endangered Sea Turtles in Costa Rica

Using 3D printing technology, researchers created “fake eggs” to track illegal sea turtle trade in Central American beaches. The eggs were equipped with a GPS tracking system inside to help…

7 Projects That Are Restoring Coral Reefs by 3D Printing Them

Our coral reefs are dying. Marine scientists have known this fact for a long time, and have been trying to reverse the problem for decades. The death of the coral…

Harvard Team Develops Shape Memory Material for Smart 3D Printed Fabrics

Researchers at Harvard University‘s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) created a new material from keratin that can be 3D printed into complex shapes and pre-programmed…

Wi3DP: Experts Discuss Challenges and Trends in 3D Printing Sustainability

A virtual panel discussion and networking event by Women in 3D Printing (Wi3DP) gathered three industry experts and leaders to share their insights and experiences on sustainability trends in additive…

Forest Scientists 3D Print Lignin for Sustainable Light Construction

The term forest scientist may be a new one for much of the general public, but it applies to the study of new materials for 3D printing in a very…

3D Printing A Meatless World: Ersatz in 3D Printed Food

3D printing food is seen as a sideshow by most in our industry. When we have dug deep into food 3D printing or looked at 3D printed salmon, 3D printed…