Among the industries that are experimenting with additive manufacturing the most in recent years, the fashion industry is making important progress. However, freedom of design, shapes and materials is not the only reason for considering this production method. Sustainability and process efficiency are equally important when considering 3D printing as an alternative production method. This was confirmed by a recent study conducted by the Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association (AMGTA).
The AMGTA has shared a detailed report demonstrating the environmental benefits of additive manufacturing in the fashion industry and specifically in footwear production. The study was conducted in collaboration with leading AM company Stratasys and Italian company Dyloan Bond Factory, which specializes in research and innovation in the fashion industry. The report clearly states that after a year of testing, the use of additive manufacturing reduced CO2 emissions and saved some stock material throughout the supply chain. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of the study in more detail below.