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INEDIT fosters Circular Economy of 3D Printing with Plastic Recycling

INEDIT fosters Circular Economy of 3D Printing with Plastic Recycling

  • Posted by Eleonora Bongiovanni
  • On May 22, 2020
  • 0 Comments

Wouldn’t it be wonderful that we can imagine our own furniture and contribute to the reduction of waste plastic?

One of the main commitments of INEDIT is to promote a Do-It-Together (DIT) approach to opportunities in a context of sustainability and circular economy considering “Design Global/Customizable and Produce Local”

The Université de Lorraine has recently published a great proposition on ‘Plastic recycling in additive manufacturing: A systematic literature review and opportunities for the circular economy in collaboration with Michigan Technological University’. The future Open Manufacturing Demonstration Facilities (OMDFs) needs to consider Distributed recycling via Additive Manufacturing (DRAM). Undoubtedly, plastic materials are wonderful and useful materials for furniture applications. However, the amount of waste produced is undeniably disturbing, and threatens the environment on each level, and INEDIT project is conscious about it.

DRAM is a key element to support creativity and design in open innovation ecosystems, pushing further the access to production means through the development of new sustainable manufacturing processes. INEDIT’s ambition is to adapt sustainable logistics in a DIT dynamic  integrating agile manufacturing networks and simplifies personalization of furniture.

To do that, The DRAM process consists of the following six steps: (1) Recovery, 2) Preparation, 3) Compounding, 4) Feedstock, 5) Printing and 6) Quality

Each step is fundamental to pass from waste-to-product in order to define design and manufacturing strategies focusing on lowering ecological impact and addressing societal challenges. During the INEDIT project, a demonstrator will be developed to put in practice these insights and unleash creativity to develop new processes, machines … while ensuring a sustainable production to fight waste.

 

 

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