This week, we briefly talked about the Circular Economy Concept in our Opinion of the Week segment and today’s announcement just reminds us that some companies are actually going beyond the hardware aspect of additive manufacturing (the manufacturing) to contribute to a more sustainable environment. One of these companies is Bigrep.

During the appointment of Daniel Büning as Chief Innovation Officer, BigRep CEO Stephan Beyer laid emphasis on the importance of applications, sustainability and digital technologies in 3D printing. With the launch of the GENESIS Eco Screen, the large-format 3D Printing specialist demonstrates they are doing things properly.

The GENESIS Eco Screen

The project is launched as part of the Fiction Forum. Organized by the Federal Government’s Center of Excellence for the Cultural and Creative Industries on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the forum consists in showcasing a series of innovation in all cultural and creative industries. It’s being held from August to October in Berlin.

Three words characterize the GENESIS Eco Screen project: Sustainable, eco-friendly & innovative. With the goal of making cities greener, NOWLAB introduces the manufacturing of a 3D-printed eco wall installation.

Such manufacturing aims to address the biggest environmental challenges such as plastic waste, overconsumption of energy and other resources, rapidly deteriorating biodiversity and urbanization. The prototype will embed a drainage system for plants and insect habitat / PETbottles recycling. We can expect the manufacturing of a full 4 by 4 meters structure made using four large-scale BigRep ONE printers and several filaments including BigRep PETG and BASF Innofil3D rPET made up of 100% recycled PET.

BigRep CIO and NOWLAB Managing Director Daniel Büning says, “Disruptive technologies such as 3D printing are key to solving some of the world’s biggest problems. We want to deliver groundbreaking innovation to maximize the potential of AM, thereby creating entirely new applications. With this project, we are introducing a new and truly sustainable manufacturing protocol to the manufacturing of polymer objects using multiple pre-used plastic materials. The GENESIS Eco Screen shows how society can develop a greener future – with circular economy solutions that are sustainable, local, modular and collaborative. “

The GENESIS Eco Scree will be completed at the end of August and will be on display in downtown Berlin.

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