Materialise has announced the development a Selective Laser Sintering-based method that makes it possible to 3D print with up to 100% re-used powder.
Bluesint PA12 has been described as a material and manufacturing innovation and has come about as Materialise bids to ‘create a path’ towards eliminating waste in 3D printing. It follows a Lifecycle Analysis (LCA) carried out with BASF, which indicated that 3D printing has a bigger environmental impact compared to conventional manufacturing methods for large production volumes. This LCA looked at the production of one million pairs of midsoles and assessed the environmental impact through all the states of the product life, comparing 3D printing with polyurethane casting. It found 3D printing had a ‘bigger impact on climate change’ and Materialise thus feels that further investment is required to enhance the sustainability of 3D printing technology. Bluesint PA12 is one […]
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