Urban furniture project demonstrates green potential for composite 3D printing and recycled materials

Large-format AM specialist Caracol and partners designed custom, 3D-printed outdoor furniture with glass fiber-reinforced recycled polypropylene, and conducted an LCA to evaluate and improve the process.

The MASAU project, led by large-format additive manufacturing (LFAM) equipment supplier Caracol (Barlassina, Italy), demonstrated and evaluated the sustainability potential for 3D printing composites and recycled materials to contribute to a circular supply chain solution.

In June 2022, the Lombardy region in northern Italy invited local companies to submit applications for funding related to building up the local circular economy supply chain. Caracol and Italian partners including the ComoNExT Innovation Hub (Lomazzo), the Polytechnic University of Milan and Lifecycle Engineering SpA (LCE, Turin) participated with their 1-year project MASAU, which stands for “Manifattura Addittiva Sostenibile per Arredi Urbani” in Italian, or “Sustainable Manufacturing for Urban Furniture.”

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