Published on June 28th, 2016 | by Geetika Bhasin
3D Printing Technology on its Way to Environment Conservation
There is hardly any sector that does not recognize the benefits of 3D printing. The environment does not remain untouched from the advantages of 3D printing. By printing live body parts for humans, this technology could conquer death and research is tremendously ongoing in this field.
3D printing aids environmental processes by innovating techniques that are environment-friendly, aim to conserve energy and recycles waste effectively.
3D geospatial modeling is a 3D printing technique of creating 3D landscapes through information given by satellites which aim at analyzing the environmental conditions to give out safety messages by geoscientists. This method is being successfully implemented in Peru, where heavy rainfall and landslides are rampant and using 3D techniques, researchers can give the locals a better understanding of the topographic conditions.
The 3D printed topographic maps are finding widespread uses around the globe for predicting natural disasters like landslides, volcano eruptions, wildfires, predicting the path of ash clouds, and more.
The Bamboo Bicycle Club, In London, has set up a workshop to educate people on setting up their own bespoke bikes using recycled and environment-friendly materials. The raw materials include bamboo frames that make the main frame, and they are held together by ‘lugs’, which are devised using Biofibre and a resin glue sourced from plants.
The ‘lugs’ are manufactured by carbon fiber filament, by 3D printing and these filaments made from recycled plastic will prove immensely beneficial to the environment without compromising on the sustainability of the product.
The garment industry produces 1.8 million tons of waste annually. Managing, disposing, and utilizing this waste is an unmanageable task, though hopefully, not anymore. 3D printing technology aims to recycle the waste and researchers at the Loughborough University and clothing brand Yeh Group are coming together to produce apparels without any waste.
Waste fishing equipment accounts for great amounts of ocean litter and can be easily recycled using 3D printing. Footwear giants Adidas have recently used 3D printing to create sneakers from recycles fishing nets.
3D printing can create a breakthrough in environmental conservation if it manages to recycle plastic into a usable form.