18th August 2021
Appointing Rosa Coblens as Vice President of Sustainability, the move signals that Stratasys are more focused than ever on green 3D printing and ‘mindful manufacturing’.
Stratasys CEO Dr. Yoav Zeif said: “The new global economy requires companies to adapt and overcome unexpected challenges, while maintaining a commitment to environmental stewardship. Stratasys is well-positioned to provide production and manufacturing solutions that are resilient, empower local supply chains, and most importantly save lives.”
Additive manufacturing presents a unique strength in manufacturing in that it is responsive and creates much less waste. FDM printing, for instance, works with spools of thermoplastics that are heated and extruded only where necessary for the structure of the part being built. It is quite literally the antithesis of subtractive manufacturing, wherein a piece of material is cut and shaped into the desired form.
More sustainable methods of production are a key component of answering the challenges presented by a changing climate. Being able to respond swiftly to demands without oversaturating supply and rampantly overusing materials is an invaluable power in future manufacturing paradigms. In the early days of the global coronavirus pandemic, 3D printing allowed for the emergency production of personal protective equipment and ventilator parts.
“Beyond the global pandemic, climate change is a growing worldwide concern,” said Dr. Zeif. “It is our mission to translate our leadership in 3D printing into mindful business applications for our customers – where less waste is produced, and more value derived from the digital processes that drive our manufacturing solutions.
“This approach is aimed at assisting our customers in reducing their carbon footprint, with less dependency on mass shipment of inventories and parts, shortening and localizing supply chains across industries such as aerospace, automotive, healthcare and consumer products.”
Stratasys has set a group of measurable goals for 2022, taken from the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, as pillars of its environmental efforts towards green 3D printing. These include:
Responsible Consumption and Production: AM is the ideal method of manufacture for creating sustainable production cycles. Methods such as Selective Absorption Fusion (SAF) utilised by the Stratasys H350 are capable of mass production without the carbon output of industrial factories. Production can be fine-tuned to demand, ensuring consumption is intelligently calibrated to production and vice-versa.
Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure: Innovation thrives when given access to 3D printing. Concept models can be printed to test and validate designs. Products can be reiterated with changes to material composition aimed at reducing consumption and embodying more economic design.
Climate Action: Stratasys 3D printers need only a mains power supply to operate. Running on renewable energy sources and with an equipped ProAero filter, Stratasys printers can cleanly and efficiently create parts that are tough and durable. The longer a plastic part lasts, the fewer times it needs to be disposed of and replaced.
Quality Education: Additive manufacturing presents a wealth of opportunities to learn and acquire transferrable skills. 3D modelling and design skills are invaluable in this field, as is knowledge on material properties including tensile strengths and heat deflection temperatures. Manufacturers trained in the operation and maintenance of 3D printers are equipped for the future of production.
Establishing these goals as pillars of focus moving forward, Stratasys hopes to help businesses take their next steps into green 3D printing.
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