Industries such as automotive, aerospace, and construction, among others are generating a large amount of waste due to high usage of raw materials, and complex supply chain or logistics procedures. Thus, it has become necessary to find a solution for sustainable development in these industries. 3D printing also known as additive manufacturing has emerged as a solution which is adopted at a faster pace in various fields such as automotive, medical, aerospace, and others. Based on digital information, 3D printers produce images and parts which then can be assembled into products such as medical implants, jet components, and others. Moreover, this technology is used to make custom parts in more sophisticated way without consuming much time and at an affordable cost.
Why 3D Printing is a Green Technology?
Less Green Side of 3D Printing
3D printing technology consumes more amount of electricity compared to other machine tools. This negatively affects environment, especially in countries where fossil fuel is used to generate electricity. Another major concern associated with 3D printing technology is release of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can be dangerous in closed environment.
There are several efforts being made to reduce the energy consumption during 3D printing and make processes in various industries environment-friendly. For instance, interventions such as Solar Sinter that uses solar energy to fuse sand into glass is expected to direct 3D printing towards sustainable environment.The rising pressure on designers, developers, and manufacturers for making the manufacturing process more ecofriendly will generate a huge demand for this technology in next 5-10 years.