18 June 2024

3D printing and sustainability: an introduction

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SCI’s Materials Chemistry Group

Online webinar 16.00 – 17.00

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3D Printing (aka Additive Manufacturing) is playing an increasingly important role in the world economy, but what are its environmental implications? 
This webinar will introduce the main technologies used in AM, and their potential impacts on sustainability. It will show that there are some significant benefits, if product design takes into account some of the key features (stock reduction, lightweighting and reduced energy requirements). However, it is not currently suitable for the main problematic plastics areas (drinking straws, crisp bags, drinks bottles, cigarette filters, fishing nets...) and so will only be neutral for bulk plastic reduction.
The talk will not assume any prior knowledge of 3D Printing, and will be suitable for anyone interested in the topic.


Dr David Birkett

Dr David Birkett is now retired after a long career in industrial polymer chemistry, including latterly a few years in photopolymer development for AM.
He is a former Chair of SCI's All-Ireland and Materials Chemistry Groups, and also a former member of the SCI Board of Trustees.

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