The Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association (AMGTA) has revealed today the first commissioned research project that will keep the association busy during the upcoming weeks or months: the environmental benefits of AM.
At the head of this research project will be Jeremy Faludi, Ph.D., a sustainable design strategist and researcher. Her nomination follows the recent appointment of Sherry Handel as first executive Director. Dr. Faludi is assistant professor of design engineering at Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, where he specializes in design for the circular economy and green 3D printing and is adjunct faculty of engineering at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.
“This project will provide our membership and the public in general with an excellent survey of existing research on the sustainability benefits of AM. Dr. Faludi is a renowned researcher within this field, and we are looking forward to understanding better the existing scope of research on this topic”, comments Handel.
This AMGTA commissioned research paper will be comprised of a literature review of existing studies “describing where metal additive manufacturing provides environmental benefits compared to older manufacturing methods,” noted Ms. Handel, further explaining that, “this research may also reveal areas in the manufacturing process where AM could cause higher environmental impacts than older manufacturing methods. Through rigorous, independent and ongoing research the AMGTA will publish research findings and share with industry and other key stakeholders what our eco-footprint is now and what we will need to focus on in the future to be more sustainable.”
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