climate change

“World’s Most Efficient” A/C System to Be Built with 3D Printing

Hyperganic, a German developer of AI-based engineering software, has announced a new project aiming to create the world’s most efficient residential A/C system. The company is partnering with Strata Manufacturing,…

Indian Cements and Tvasta to Collaborate on 3D Printed Housing

India’s acceleration of its investment in 3D printing over the past year has been striking, and lately the country appears to be especially intent on exploring 3D printed homes. The…

Award-Winning 3D Printed Funnel Helps with Coral Reef Reproduction

I’m always glad to hear about 3D printing being used to do good in the world, and it seems to be happening more and more. One particular application is preserving…

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De-Hyper: Can 3D Printing Alone Solve the Climate Crisis? Probably Not.

Given the compounding human-caused, ecological crises facing life on earth at the moment, I’ve been interested in speaking to experts to understand what role, if any, 3D printing and technology…

Coral Reefs Restoration Pursued with Binder Jet 3D Printing

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 25% of all marine life is dependent upon the biodiverse underwater ecosystems known as coral reefs. Unfortunately, as coral reef conservation organization…

3D Printing News Briefs, July 31, 2021: Student Racing and More

We’re covering a software release and new composite materials in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, followed by 3D printing used in Formula Student racing, to make metrology components, and to…

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,…

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…

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…

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Eco Friendly 3D Printing? 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…

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Eco Friendly 3D Printing? 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…

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Eco Friendly 3D Printing? Emergency Response to Extreme Weather

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….

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Eco Friendly 3D Printing? Optimizing Designs for Efficiency

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…

Eco Friendly 3D Printing? Lignin, Cellulose, & Starch Bioplastics

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…

Eco Friendly 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…

Eco Friendly 3D Printing? 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…

Eco Friendly 3D Printing? 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…

Eco Friendly 3D Printing? Oil Companies Bet on Plastic

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…