climate change

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…

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The Sustainability of 3D Printing: Myth or Reality?

Historically, quality, cost and delivery have been the primary drivers for decision making within manufacturing. Today, another word is on the minds of executives: Sustainability. Sustainability is increasingly important in…

Climate Disrupted: 3D Printing and Distributed Manufacturing

The concept of distributed manufacturing, which we’ve covered numerous times, could play an interesting role in a climate-disrupted world. Just as large swaths of a centralized electrical grid can suddenly…

Climate Disrupted: 3D Printing and Jevons Paradox

In this series so far, we’ve discussed the many ways that additive manufacturing (AM) can fit into our already climate-disrupted world, as well as the many obstacles yet to be…

Climate Disrupted: 3D Printing During Emergency Response

Immediately in the wake of Hurricane Maria, small communities in Puerto Rico found themselves relying on the few sites that maintained electricity after the island’s gas power plant went offline….

Climate Disrupted: Optimizing Designs for Better Efficiency with 3D Printing

If industrialized society is determined to maintain its industrial activities, its engineers will need to completely rethink how parts are designed in order to improve energy efficiency. This is true…

Climate Disrupted: 3D Printing Lignin, Cellulose, and Starch Bioplastics, TSPs

In our series on 3D printing in a climate-disrupted world, we have been exploring the variety of biodegradable bioplastics that could be used to replace petro-based materials. We have so…

Climate Disrupted: 3D Printing Chitin and Keratin Bioplastics

If we plan on continuing to make plastics past the point that oil is no longer profitable, easily accessible or socially acceptable, we will need to turn to more ecologically…

Climate Disrupted: 3D Printing and the Promise of PHA?

In our last article in our series covering 3D printing in a climate-disrupted world, we discussed the myriad problems associated with polylactic acid (PLA), the most popular plastic and bioplastic…

Climate Disrupted: 3D Printing and the Problem(s) with PLA

While our ecosystem is collapsing, we are at the very least fortunate to witness the rise of a potentially more sustainable form of manufacturing coinciding with the rise of potentially…

Climate Disrupted: Oil Companies Bet on Plastic in the Face of Climate Crisis

Given the global shift to renewable energy, fossil fuel companies are looking for new ways to maintain their livelihoods. In a 2018 investor report, ExxonMobil admitted to a decline in…

3D Printing: A Technology of Degrowth? Part 2

In the first part in our series on the possible role of 3D printing in a degrowth society, we explored some of the more sustainable aspects of the technology and…

3D Printed No-Snow Globe Might Not Make You Smile, But It Will Make You Think

This year, it snowed across the entire United Kingdom. This might not seem such a remarkable occurrence, but it was the first time such a widespread snow event had happened…

3D Printing News Briefs: April 11, 2017

In today’s edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ll talk about new 3D printing material colors, an industrial fair, how 3D printing technology was used to build brain models, a…

University of Sydney Scientist Uses 3D Modeling to Track Changes in Coral Reefs

It’s an understatement to say that we hear about a lot of ingenious uses of 3D printing on a regular basis. One of my favorites, and one of the most…

Project ALISE Uses Lasers and Satellites to Study Global Climate Change

While there are some who still insist that climate change isn’t a problem, or that human activity has had little to no impact on the climate, it’s getting harder and…

Graduate Students 3D Print Exhibit Highlighting Climate Changes Effect on Vulnerable Ocean-Based Organisms

We all know of the societal impact that 3D printing technology has had on various fields, from prototyping to medical research, but one vital application that is generally swept under…