3D Printing’s Low Volume Output is Eco-Friendly

(Formtek) Studies are underway to assess the environmental impact of 3D printing technology compared to other manufacturing technologies. Jer Faludi, Sustainable Design Strategist and PhD candidate at UC Berkeley, working with members of the UC Berkeley mechanical engineering department, studied and compared the impact of creating objects with 3d printers versus creating similar objects using traditional milling. Their conclusion is that “whether you’re milling or doing 3D printing, how you use the tool is the most important factor in its environmental impact.

A study by Cuboyo found that “on the one hand, classic manufacturing is not adapted for low volume production of different objects in terms of environmental impact. On the other hand, the 3D printing technique cannot compete with injection molding for high volume production… 3D printing technology tends to be ecologically interesting for low volume production.