3D printing a sustainable future

George Brasher, MD of HP UK & Ireland, explains why 3D printing has the potential to significantly reduce the waste and emissions of manufacturing.

We are on the brink of a 3D printing revolution as it is fast shifting from being used for niche applications, such as developing prototypes or creating specialist parts, into the mainstream. According to PwC, 67 per cent of manufacturers are already using 3D printing in their production systems and this is set to grow exponentially with the global value of this technology predicted to reach $31.20bn by 2022.

This transformation in manufacturing brings with it many opportunities to develop a more sustainable model, by helping to reduce CO2 emissions, cut waste and allow businesses to develop more efficient processes and supply chains.

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