Designers use 3D printing for sustainability (Ecotextile)

3D printer manufacturer Stratasys is working with fashion designers through the European Union funded Re-FREAM project to make the production of fashion more sustainable. The company's PolyJet 3D printing technology played an integral role in designer Julia Koerner's new ARID collection which focuses on material efficiency and sustainability. The ARID collection, which does not involve any…

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This strange biomaterial could be the basis of homes on Mars (Inverse)

Sustainability and closed-loop manufacturing are becoming an increasingly important topic for Earth-based manufacturing, but a new study has shown that these same principles can be lifted to model extraterrestrial travel as well. Using a ubiquitous, organic polymer called chitin, found in everything from fungi fibers to shellfish shells, a team of researchers from Singapore has devised…

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Advancing circularity amidst the pandemic (Greenbiz)

As global communities grapple with the far-reaching impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we at 3M remain focused on uncovering and implementing science-based solutions to promote public health and maximize positive impact. We’re applying our innovative technologies and collaborating with partners to confront COVID-19 with the same attention and energy we use to advance sustainability efforts and…

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Digital Physical Products for more Flexibility and Innovation in Production

Due to the corona crisis, globalisation is coming under discussion. With the virus spreading around the world, global supply chains stopped, companies can’t get important parts and medical equipment is lacking everywhere. What does this mean for the future of production? Should we decrease the impact of globalisation and switch to a model with local production?…

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AM rocket parts for space made from sustainable materials (ETMM)

Relativity Space and 6K announced a strategic partnership to prove true sustainability in additive manufacturing production. The partnership is intended to create a closed loop supply chain where certified scrap materials produced at Relativity are turned into powder by 6K, which can then be reprinted by Relativity. The two companies will also explore new materials created…

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LANXESS: Recycled Glass-Fiber Polyamides for the Automotive Industry (AZO Materials)

The automotive industry is the third-largest consumer of polymer materials after the packaging and construction industries. By using engineered plastics with recycled content, automotive companies around the world are becoming less dependent on the consumption of finite resources. In response to that demand, LANXESS, a leading global supplier of specialty chemicals and polymer materials based in Cologne, Germany,…

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The World’s First 3D Printed FRP Footbridge Leads the Way for Circular Composites (AZO Materials)

Fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) composites are increasingly being adopted as structural materials when building modern urban infrastructure. In a partnership with three Dutch companies, DSM, Royal HaskoningDHV and CEAD, the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands has showcased the use of circular FRP composites in the world's first 3D-printed footbridge using recycled plastic material. FRP composites were…

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