HOW CAN 3D-PRINTING SUPPORT CIRCULAR DESIGN
 

As part of the European Green Deal, a New Circular Economy Action Plan will prioritise reducing and reusing materials before recycling them and will foster new circular business models in order to tackle the climate and environmental challenges and decouple economic growth from resource use.

 

This poses new challenges to designers and engineers, who need to learn how to use circular new materials, circular new design approaches, circular business model thinking and new software and technologies.

 

Additive Manufacturing is identified as key technology to improve maintenance, recycling, reparation of products thus making them more circular.

 

At the CRAFTH Hackathon companies will have a chance to become aware of what these are, and how they can be utilized to innovate products and embed circular thinking into design process and business practice

More info about 3D printing:

3D Hubs wrote a guide with all the in's and out's. You'll find it here.

More info about circular economy:

Circulaire economie Circular flanders

design of product services systems to repair, reuse and recycle, but also design for shared used, for sufficiency, for frugality, for extended producer responsibility, ...

redesigning physical products (which is only a part of circular economy): “..to learn and implement Circular Design with Additive Manufacturing and reduce the carbon footprint and resource use in manufacturing”

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