The Future of Mass 3D Printing and Waste

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WHAT IF…

  • What if 3D printing becomes the norm?
  • What if merchandise is no longer mass produced in factories, and is instead produced within the home using personal 3D printers?

ISSUES + SPECULATION

  • Stores sell blueprints for products instead of the merchandise itself.
  • 3D printing waste, where does it go?
  • Sustainable 3D printing using renewable energy such as solar/wind and recyclable materials
  • Biodegradable 3d printing materials?
  • 3D printing body part replacements
  • 3D printing food, clothing, and everyday items

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3D PRINTING ADVANCES
– Stratasys Goes Far Beyond with 3D Printed Clothes
Mixed soft materials and hard materials in a 3d print.
http://iconnectdots.com/2013/01/stratasys-goes-far-beyond-with-3d-printed-clothes.html

– Feeding the Final Frontier: 3D Printers Could Make Astronaut Meals
3D printing food
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/02/3-d-food-printer-space/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Findex+%28Wired%3A+Top+Stories%29

– The Reality of 3D Printed Body Parts
3D printing bone and replacement organs
http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2011/12/reality-3d-printed-body-parts/45649/

– Will 3D printers make food sustainable?
3D printing foods. Making use of “food ink” to print out meat patties, vegetables, and other food products. They talk about growing “meat ink” in a petri dish and using the 3d printer to give it form.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/may/18/3d-printers-food-sustainable

BIODEGRADABLE MATERIALS
– MakerBot Introduces Water Soluble 3D Printer Filament
http://www.makerbot.com/blog/2011/02/21/makerbot-introduces-water-soluble-3d-printer-filament/

REUSING/RECYCLING MATERIALS
– Filabot turns Recyclable Plastic into 3D Printer Filament
http://www.3ders.org/articles/20120108-Filabot-turns-recycled-plastics-into-3D-printer-filament.html

READILY AVAILABLE MATERIALS AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SOURCES
– Markus Kayser: Solar Sinter
http://vimeo.com/25401444

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IMAGES
http://www.3dtvwatcher.co.uk/suited-and-booted-3d-printing-enters-womens-clothing-and-shoe-market-3182/

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About yvonnehidle

Yvonne Hidle is a first year MTiD (Master of Tangible Interaction Design) student at Carnegie Mellon University. She has a background in architecture and is interested in the way people interact with the built environment, not only visually, but tactically, acoustically, and emotionally as well. She enjoys creating architectural environments that stimulate the user’s imagination and evoke a broad set of emotions. Yvonne has some Processing and Arduino experience, as well as familiarity with scripting languages such as PHP, CSS, and HTML.

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