The field of Additive Manufacturing (AM) is evolving at a rapid pace. New materials and improved equipment make this a potential disruptive technology for the way we manufacture and distribute goods. AM holds the promise of sustainability, decreasing waste and improving transportation options, and may play a central role in the circular economy, but are the materials and processes safer than traditional options?
NGC has partnered with Autodesk, an open source software company, Washington Department of Ecology and the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute to develop a materials framework that will support current decision making and also provide the flexibility for the inevitable changes this technology will bring. The foundation for this work comes from the Bio-Friendly Product Framework for Additive Manufacturing developed in a project between UC Berkeley thorough its Greener Solutions Program and Autodesk. Participants include material suppliers, material designers, printer manufacturers, end users, academia, government, and NGO’s.
Participants will benefit by increasing their knowledge of AM through the sharing of ideas with like-minded professionals from multiple disciplines. They will help to shape the development of the flexible framework model. By incorporating the concepts into their own AM efforts, participants will be able to aid development of more sustainable products.