3D Printing and the Green Economy

Published by , February 17, 2017 12:47 pm

(RapidReadyTech) 3D printing may play a role in creating a more resource-efficient economy in the UK according to a new study conducted by Green Alliance, a British think tank. The study, “Getting it Right from the Start: Developing a Circular Economy for Novel Materials,” posits that using new materials and designing for recycling could lower manufacturing costs in Great Britain. The study was conducted for Innovate UK, the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
The circular economy described in the paper would keep materials in use at their highest value for as long as possible. In order for that to be possible, products should be designed to last longer, to be easy to repair, and for recyclability. Systems would be in place to capture the products at the end of life and recover materials for other uses.

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