Biological Polymers as a Catalyst for the Circular Economy (Part 2)

As many of you liked the article on biological polymers that can lead to circular manufacturing models, I will dive deeper into this topic, explaining how a transition to biological polymers could be achieved. So far we have learned that the most abundant organic biopolymers like cellulose and chitin can be used to produce very strong…

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Beyond Orange Peel: Using Waste to 3D Print Cups (3DPrint.com)

Unlocking the value of a circular economy using 3D printing is leading innovation everywhere. Recovery initiatives to increase sustainability, like reusing plastic waste and turning it into 3D printing filament, are becoming more common. In tune with the need to care for Earth’s limited resources, Italian studio Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA), in partnership with global energy…

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Food waste as raw material for 3D printed bioplastics (Innovation Origins)

Extracts of lemon and almond peels can be used for sustainably produced car parts and building components. This BARBARA project jointly funded by the European Union and industry ensures that food waste can be put to good use, replacing petroleum-based plastics with more environmentally friendly bioplastics. The BARBARA project is supported by the European consortium called…

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Recycling of filament

Plastics and their byproducts are littering our cities, oceans, and waterways, and contributing to health problems in humans and animals. 70 % of the deep sea fish have eaten plastic and 55 % of fish species were even found with microplastics in their body. But as the number of uses rises, so does the demand for…

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Benefits of Bioplastics

One of the main reasons why bioplastics have not been adopted more yet, is that often they can’t compete on price with fossilbased materials (at least this goes for the traditional manufacturing technologies). That means they need to offer other benefits, let’s have a look into these benefits. There are two major advantages of biobased plastic…

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Bioplastics: An Overview

There are many misconceptions and myths when it comes to Bioplastics. One example for such a misconception is that bioplastics are considered to be always compostable and can’t be used for engineering applications. However this is not true. Let us have a closer look and see what bioplastics are. According to European Bioplastics, a plastic material…

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Additive manufacturing can help combat climate change (Laser Focus World)

We are more than two decades into the 21st century, and the importance of combatting climate change is accelerating. The Paris Agreement 2050 highlights the need for steep emissions cuts within the decade to keep global warming to no more than 1.5°C and safeguard a livable climate, as outlined by the UN Net-zero Coalition. To accomplish…

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ValueBioMat Talks 3D Printing Biosourced Composites (3d Natives)

Today, more and more companies are developing composite materials for additive manufacturing, enabling the design of lighter and stronger parts. However, these materials can have a negative impact on the environment as they are often made from a plastic matrix. That’s why Aalto University in Finland is conducting research to devise new sustainable bio-based polymer materials…

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The Power of First Principles Thinking

Many of the world's problems today result from not thinking for ourselves. We are accepting the status quo as normal and reason by analogy. That means, if we normally encounter difficult problems, our tendency is to rely on base level assumptions we have been told are true. We are doing things because it is like what…

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3D printing insects mixed with vegetables could help us to prevent food crisis (interestingengineering.com)

Scientists from SUTD try to solve the food supply problem with 3D printing.They decided to combine the insects, algae, etc., with more commonly-eaten vegetables.In addition to commonly eaten vegetables, nutrients, and color, the carrot powder helped provide mechanical strength to the formulated inks. As the world's population increases day by day, the need and demand for…

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The potential of NFTs for 3d Printing

As one of the main buzzwords in 2021 and fuelled by the rising interest of celebrities and tech evangelists, NFTs popularity exploded in the last year: With a market of  a stunishing $41 billion, the amount is approaching the total value of the entire global fine art market.  What is an NFT? An NFT (Non-fungible token)…

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The portable 3D Gigalab is the solution to trash we need (Interesting Engineering)

3D printing company re:3D had been ideating on a portable shipping container that could turn recyclable material into useful goods - aligned to their pursuit of sustainability and circular solutions when the pandemic struck. At the time, they were 3D printing PPE kits to help mitigate supply chain disruptions. When the company zoomed out at the whole picture, they realized…

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CANYON UNVEILS SUSTAINABLE CONCEPT 3D PRINTED MOUNTAIN BIKE PROTOTYPE (3dprintingindustry.com)

Bicycle manufacturer Canyon has debuted a concept 3D printed mountain bike prototype which aims to demonstrate a more sustainable method of bicycle production.  Working with software and 3D printing service provider Materialise, Canyon 3D printed the bike’s frame and fork as part of Bike Magazine Germany’s ‘Ride Green’ campaign. The finished bike was showcased at the recent Cycle Show in London.…

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The Promises of Web3

We are at the tipping point of a new phase in the web’s evolution, called by early pioneers as Web3. It's an umbrella term for various ideas all pointing in the direction of wiping out the giant middlemen on the internet. In a Web3 world, navigating the web no longer means logging into platforms like Facebook,…

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Parley for the Oceans creates trophies from 3D printed ocean plastic for The Fashion Awards (Dezeen)

Environmental organisation Parley for the Oceans has turned marine plastic waste from remote island waters into trophies for this year's edition of The Fashion Awards. Every winner at The Fashion Awards, which is organised by the British Fashion Council (BFC) and takes place in London, received a trophy designed by Parley for the Oceans in collaboration with emerging set designer Jabez Barlett. Each of the black plastic trophies is made…

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Fantastic Fungi

Mushrooms are fascinating organisms, they shape the world and offer lessons for how to live in it. Technically, mushrooms are neither plant nor animal but a third category: fungi. All mushrooms are fungi, but not all fungi are mushrooms. For those fungi that produce them, the mushroom plays a similar role to a flower or a…

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