The environmental aspect of 3D printing
‘Think before you print’ is a message we’re all used to seeing now at work, and for those of us with an environmental conscience it’s a notion that sticks. But what about business users who have no choice but to mass produce reams upon reams of high quality printed material for promotional and consumer consumption? Print companies such as instantprint have the delicate balance of being brand leaders in their industry; using the latest technological print methods and being at the same time, eco friendly in their production methods. In fact, cheap 3d printers is one of the fastest growing industries and many environmentalists consider it to be one of the most wasteful methods around.
However, recent studies have shown that in many cases there can be less waste when 3D printing a hollow object with a greater surface area than by using more conventional milling printing processes. 3D printing is said to revolutionize manufacturing and in detailed studies by environmental gurus GreenBiz.com there are clearly pros and cons for leaders in the print business to consider. When weighing up the financial gains versus the threat to the planet, industry experts could only compare 3D printing to the computerized milling method which literally involves cutting away the excess from a starting block. The verdict seems to prove that from an energy use viewpoint the traditional milling print process was a clear winner. But based on wastage, 3D printing wins hands down as a hollow 3D model produces less waste evidently.
Market leaders at instantprint.co.uk constantly strive to be environmentally friendly. As consumers are becoming savvier about recycling and waste, their print methods are called into question far more often. With huge innovations in 3D printing, these incredible machines can reproduce virtually anything from the inside of a human body to hard inanimate objects. These are fast being produced in a greener, more acceptable way. Early 3D printing used decidedly non-environmentally friendly thermoplastic and photopolymers in their production, basically plastics. Together with environmentalists and industry experts these landfill nightmare plastics may just be a thing of the past as tough natural materials are increasingly being used in 3D print. Design companies are looking at new ways of utilizing recyclable materials in 3D print to good effect. Wood, paper and incredibly even salt and concrete have been put to good use with amazing results. Strong images can be reproduced using these natural resources without damaging the environment. It’s a win win situation for print companies across the globe.