According to the US Department of Energy, 3D printing uses “50% less energy and 90% less material than traditional manufacturing.”
For a sector that emits more than 1.2 billion tons of greenhouse gases a year, switching to a technology that reduces environmental impact that dramatically could spell much better fortunes for the environment's future.
While not all industries can capitalize on 3D printing technologies, those who can would likely see major savings in their labor and energy costs, while also reaping the benefits of being able to certify their products as “green”.
While experts agree that industry and 3D printing companies still have a ways to go before this type of advanced manufacturing scheme could be broadly adopted, it’s still good to know that planners are starting to see 3D printing as a part of the solution to our energy and environmental challenges.
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