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Printing Consciously: Considering Sustainability in 3D Printing

About this event

A renewed focus on climate change and the impacts petrochemical plastics have on the environment has many individuals and companies considering how they can incorporate more sustainable practices into their efforts. The additive manufacturing industry has long been a leader in how technology can fit into a progression toward a more sustainable production. In this webinar, we will dig into the sustainability attributes behind the materials often used in fused filament fabrication (FFF) processes that have an environmental impact. We'll also talk about how 3D prints fit within common waste scenarios as well as new sustainability frameworks like the circular economy.

Key topics to discuss: 

  • Circular vs linear model of materials 
  • Environmental impacts of biobased vs. petrochemical-based filament materials 
  • Best practices for used FFF printing materials 
  • Why not biodegradable or compostable 
  • Mechanical recycling in additive manufacturing 
  • Evolution of chemical recycling
  • How to take action on incorporating sustainability to your 3D printing practice 

Question & answer session to follow. 

Hosted by

  • Team member
    Dan Sawyer Business Development Leader @ NatureWorks

    Dan has worked in a variety of roles at NatureWorks since 1995 ranging from manufacturing and QA, to applications, product development, and TS&D, including 3 years based in Japan. In the last 15 years, Dan has held commercial and leadership roles with a current focus on 3D business development.

  • Team member
    Deepak Venkatraman Applications Development Engineer @ NatureWorks

    With 20 years in the polymer industry, Deepak's experience ranges from process chemistry to fundamental R&D on polylactide (PLA). He is currently the technical lead for 3D printing, and also supports the films segment at NatureWorks


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