You have previously learned that sustainability is important. Goal 12 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is about ensuring sustainable consumption and production pattern. Manufacturing processes use both a lot of energy and other resources. In a globalized world, transportation is another sustainability killer. Thus the big question is: will distributed manufacturing like 3D printing save manufacturing?
Watch the attached video and make notes on:
- for and against arguments for why 3d printing might be the sustainable manufacturing option
- ways to be more resource-efficient
- questions you have
Additionally please read about this case study, where the co2 footprint of a mass produced and a 3d printed phone holder were compared.
Share your arguments for and against 3D printing as a sustainable manufacturing method on the Discord channel #-sustainability.