Tessa’s Weekly Picks – Green 3D Printing


Tessa Blokland  

3D printed life-size pots, designed by Felixx landscape architects & planners.

I don’t know how you feel about all the news on climate change, but it does make me feel a bit anxious about the future; on the other hand, it also energizes me to organize and look at things differently. What can I do to save the planet? Starting LEO Lane with my co-founders in 2014 is one of my answers. I really believe that 3D printing can contribute to a better environment and smarter use of resources. Is 3D printing a green technology? According to Reid Lifset it is still too soon to call 3D printing a green technology. I don’t know, but what I do know is that I can not do it on my own; we need to collaborate, trust upon each other and act together for a greener 3D printing.

Since 2010, DAE alumnus Dirk van der Kooij has been manufacturing chairs with 3D printing, using recycled plastic from refrigerators. He is using an old factory robot arm to manufacture them. You can say reusing machinery for other purposes and reusing materials is key in his products.

The article that comes with this picture made me happy. It is a story about how HP uses 3D printing in the manufacturing process of their own 3D printing machine. It started, as Stu Pann mentioned in the article with just a simple question: ‘Hey, go and see how many of those parts inside the 3D printer make sense to be 3D printed?‘. The results of the HP on HP program were not only optimized, lighter tools, jigs, fixtures, guides, and grippers, but the whole mentality of the employees and the way of collaboration changed as well. A nice example of how 3D printing can make a difference, I think!

The 3D printed bench of Print Your City is an initiative by The New Raw in collaboration with municipalities in order to get the right recycled raw material. The materials used to create the benches come from household plastic waste and are 3D printed locally in places such as Amsterdam or Thessaloniki.

Dutch designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros used algae to create a polymer which can be 3D printed. They believe that this new material could eventually replace plastics made from fossil fuels like oil. It needs absolutely more research but I do like the color of the algae plastic.

Felixx Landscape architects & planners designed the life-size Erlenmeyer flasks, representing the testing tube found in every laboratory and the innovative character of the Ede-Wagening area in the Netherlands. The tree pots are 3D printed and made from different bio-based plastics in order to explore which material is most suitable and applicable for outdoor use.

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Each of Tessa’s weekly picks is a curated group of 3D printed designs, based on the week’s chosen theme. If you would like to offer a theme for Tessa, or if you have your own 3D printed weekly picks you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest weekly picks every week in your mailbox.

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