A global leader in industrial AM, Essentium, Inc., has now released the results of an independent study demonstrating the beneficial effects of 3D printing on reducing carbon emissions. Sustainable manufacturing strategies, such as using recyclable materials, reducing energy use, and more, are increasingly being implemented by businesses to cope with supply chain issues. According to the study commissioned by Essentium, 94% of manufacturers are involved in efforts to lower carbon emissions, with 53% claiming to have mature, strategic plans in place.
According to the research, 86% of companies producing carbon-reducing products have seen favourable results from using this technology. Many advantages have been cited by manufacturers, such as a reduction in waste (40%) and shorter supply chains (36%), elimination or reduction in overruns (33%), a smaller carbon footprint for transporting parts (31%), fewer carbon emissions (30%), easier logistics (28%) and optimised storage footprints (27%).
In addition, 98% of firms surveyed in the study said that 3D printing was extremely important to their efforts to reduce carbon emissions, further demonstrating the importance of this technology in bringing about good environmental change.
According to Nirup Nagabandi, Ph.D., Vice President of Materials and Process Engineering at Essentium, “this research demonstrates the 3D printing’s capacity to make items in a far more eco-friendly way.” “Through facilitating waste-free, energy-efficient, and emission-free transportation, we are working with our clients and partners to revolutionise the industrial sector. That’s the long-term potential of 3D printing, and it’s quite exciting.”
Results of Carbon Emissions
Manufacturers may attain these eco-friendly results because to 3D printing’s inherent benefits. Compared to conventional subtractive procedures, material waste may be drastically cut through additive manufacturing methods. The localization of manufacturing made possible by 3D printing also decreases the need for long distance transportation, which in turn reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
The results of this study show how important 3D printing is to helping accomplish carbon reduction goals. Essentium is dedicated to advancing additive manufacturing technology and providing tools that help businesses become more sustainable.
How do carbon emissions affect the planet?
To begin, NASA reports that increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels will negatively and positively affect agricultural production. While higher concentrations of carbon dioxide can “improve water-use efficiency in crops” and “mitigate yield losses due to climate change,” they can also lead to nitrogen and carbon imbalances that deplete crops of essential elements like iron, zinc, and protein.
Climate change is one of Earth’s most noticeable effects of human-caused carbon emissions. Inevitably, our climate will warm as the average world temperature rises. Tropical storms, wildfires, severe droughts, and heat waves are all made worse by global warming. But, if the land is altered due to climate change, and crops and plants are unable to withstand the new conditions, the increased carbon in the air can hurt crop production. The same applies to native animal populations: as the climate changes, so do their environments and habitats. A few species might become extinct while others thrive and eventually dominate.
About Essentium, Inc.: By uniting product durability and production velocity at scale with a no-compromise engineering material set, the industrial 3D printing solutions offered by Essentium, Inc. are causing a stir in the traditional manufacturing sector. To help the world’s leading manufacturers transition from 3D printing to machining and into the additive manufacturing future, Essentium produces and distributes cutting-edge industrial 3D printers and materials. The AS9100 and ITAR registrations for Essentium, Inc.
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