Presentation Title

Study on Sustainability of 3D Printing Technologies

Faculty Mentor

Sagil James

Start Date

23-11-2019 10:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 10:45 AM

Location

153

Session

poster 3

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

engineering_computer_science

Abstract

Additive manufacturing, also known as the 3D Printing process, is widely regarded as one of the most disruptive technologies of the 21st century. 3D printing has been impacting almost every areas of our lives and the market for this technology is expected to proliferate over the next decade. However, the big question that arises is the sustainability aspect of 3D printing technology. Experts agree that the need to recycle the plastic waste would grow along with the number of 3D printers in the markets and households. Essentially, 3D printing technology is not as green or environmental-friendly as one might perceive. It is imperative that detailed studies need to be performed in this regard at this relatively early stages of development before the markets explode so that necessary adjustments can be made. The goal of this study is to investigate the sustainability aspect, along with energy utilization in 3D printing technologies. An in-depth study is performed to understand the environmental impacts of 3D printing along with potential ways for energy savings and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The study critically evaluates several qualitative and quantitative aspects of energy utilization in 3D printing technologies and provides an insightful platform for the future of sustainable manufacturing. Particular focus is given on the aspects of reducing the inefficiencies of current 3D printing technologies, developing innovative, biodegradable materials for 3D printing, and most importantly, creating awareness among general public to be mindful about the potential environmental hazards of 3D printing and use it with diligence.

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Study on Sustainability of 3D Printing Technologies

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Additive manufacturing, also known as the 3D Printing process, is widely regarded as one of the most disruptive technologies of the 21st century. 3D printing has been impacting almost every areas of our lives and the market for this technology is expected to proliferate over the next decade. However, the big question that arises is the sustainability aspect of 3D printing technology. Experts agree that the need to recycle the plastic waste would grow along with the number of 3D printers in the markets and households. Essentially, 3D printing technology is not as green or environmental-friendly as one might perceive. It is imperative that detailed studies need to be performed in this regard at this relatively early stages of development before the markets explode so that necessary adjustments can be made. The goal of this study is to investigate the sustainability aspect, along with energy utilization in 3D printing technologies. An in-depth study is performed to understand the environmental impacts of 3D printing along with potential ways for energy savings and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The study critically evaluates several qualitative and quantitative aspects of energy utilization in 3D printing technologies and provides an insightful platform for the future of sustainable manufacturing. Particular focus is given on the aspects of reducing the inefficiencies of current 3D printing technologies, developing innovative, biodegradable materials for 3D printing, and most importantly, creating awareness among general public to be mindful about the potential environmental hazards of 3D printing and use it with diligence.