3D Printing is a sustainability technology.
Originally shared by Gideon Rosenblatt
3D Printing as Resource Protector
The component on the left in the picture below was designed to hold support cables for an outdoor lighting system. 3D printing changed its design:
The other two components have been analyzed by a computer to find the optimal design that is able to provide the same strength, but from the least amount of material. The middle component was optimized to keep the fixing points for the arms and cables in much the same place, and resulted in a 40% weight saving. Moreover, it could be printed in one go and design variations automatically handled by the software. The third version was obtained by allowing the system to completely rejig the entire structure. It produced a 75% weight saving.
3D printing is a sustainability technology.