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Investigation of the Impact of Sustainability on 3D Printing Technologies

By Emilio Rossi, Massimo Di Nicolantonio, Paola Barcarolo, Jessica Lagatta and Alessio D'Onofrio


3D Printing technologies are becoming pervasive and used both in industry and in informal contexts like domestic self-production and craftsmanship 2.0. A large part of the current studies concerning 3D Printing aims at increasing the performance of processes, materials and devices; however, only few studies approach sustainable issues (i.e. printable eco-materials, distributed networks, etc.). 3D Printing instead could play a crucial role in the transition processes toward the so-called Sustainable Society, if linked with current Design for Sustainability approaches. The paper analyses current literature regarding 3D Printing and Design for Sustainability in order to identify new open research topics and re-think their impact and design roles for future sustainable applications. Specifically, the paper produces evidences linking 3D Printing technologies and Sustainability from the design point of view; it outlines a number of promising open cross-sectorial research topics that aims to anticipate the impacts and the evolution of future Sustainable 3D Printing technologies and new generation of democratic products and services for All

Topics: W200 Design studies, H710 Manufacturing Systems Engineering, W290 Design studies not elsewhere classified, W240 Industrial/Product Design, H790 Production and Manufacturing Engineering not elsewhere classified
Publisher: Edizioni
Year: 2019
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