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3D Printing and the Environmental Impact of Manufacturing

December 5, 2022
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Photo by Osman Talha Dikyar on Unsplash

Photo by Osman Talha Dikyar on Unsplash


Additive manufacturing via 3D printing provides less waste, reduced energy consumption and more space efficiency in comparison to traditional manufacturing. Comparing total carbon footprints, conventional manufacturing supply chains produce 14 Tons of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) to reach the point of need while 3D printing produces 0.8 Tons of CO2e.

Climate change is real and continues to be a hot topic in research, public policy, and cultural dialogue. What was once inconceivable — that human activity might impact something as incalculably vast as planet Earth itself — is now understood to be scientific fact.

The environmental impact of manufacturing plays a large role in climate change. Not just through energy consumed in production, but also transportation energy used to ship supplies and parts at various points in supply chains. Increasing numbers of organizations and consumers are prioritizing sustainable, environment-friendly business practices as a result.

Read this article for a contextual overview of climate change, why businesses benefit from environmentally conscious practices, how 3D printing more parts substantially reduces carbon emissions, and how two organizations are using Markforged 3D printers to build a more sustainable future.

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