Novel Materials and 3D Printing Key to ‘Circular Economy’

Published by , February 3, 2017 11:47 am

(Resource)  A report from the UK’s environmental think tank Green Alliance says that novel materials like bioplastics and carbon fibre could be key to a low-carbon, resource-efficient economy envisioned in the government’s industrial strategy. The study also posits that 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, could be harnessed to refurbish broken parts, thereby increasing opportunities for repair and remanufacturing businesses.
The study, ‘Getting it right from the start: Developing a circular economy for novel materials’, found that an increased focus on design for recycling, remanufacturing and reuse in new materials could help lower costs for British manufacturers and increase their competitiveness.

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