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How 3D printing helps accelerate sustainable manufacturing

3D printing technologies have evolved from a means to produce tools and prototypes rapidly at a lower cost to a way of solving complex engineering design problems. Increased design freedom associated with 3D printing has enabled manufacturers to create differentiated products with greater functionality and enhanced durability, all while reducing cost and lead time.

Now, 3D printing – also known as additive manufacturing – offers a way to reduce the environmental impact of manufacturing and develop more sustainable products. Manufacturing accounts for 12% of the world’s global greenhouse gas emissions, according to The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.

3D printing can be more sustainable than standard manufacturing technologies because it involves less material, fewer machining operations and creates smaller amounts of scrap. Its lighter and often more geometrically flexible designs make environmentally-sound product innovations possible in industries ranging from aerospace to medical devices to sporting goods.

Read the full article published by World Economic Forum.


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