AMGTA publishes its first study on the environmental impact of metal 3D printing

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The Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association (AMGTA) has published its first commissioned university research paper on the environmental effects of metal 3D printing.
The trade group was originally launched in 2019, with the core aim of promoting the benefits of the technology, by founding members Sintavia, Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation, and QC Laboratories to name a few. AMGTA also has a number of major names in the industry acting as participating members, including 3D printer OEMs EOS, GE Additive, and SLM Solutions.
The state of knowledge
The literature-heavy review is titled State of Knowledge on the Environmental Impacts of Metal Additive Manufacturing, and was produced by co-authors Dr. Jeremy Faludi from the Delft University of Technology and Corrie Van Sice from Dartmouth College.
The authors state that it aims to “summarize current knowledge and identify areas where information is sparse, unclear, and much needed”. Structurally, the report consolidates existing academic literature on the environmental effects of the technology, comparing it with traditional manufacturing and diving deeper into specific materials and processes from a materials database.
Examples of Sintavia’s metal additive manufacturing capabilities. Image via Sintavia.
Environmental impacts of metal 3D printing
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