3D printing: new sustainable solutions

With new technology comes new ways of thinking.  3-D printing is exploding onto the marketplace,  and we’re starting to see innovations that could change the way we live, and help us go a little easier on the planet. Some of those innovations are below. Ready to be inspired?

3D Printed Bricks that will Cool Your House

Emerging Objects, a 3D printing company based in Oakland, California, has created a 3d-printed ceramic brick called the Cool Brick.  It’s porous, so when air passes through this brick – that can hold water much like a sponge – the water evaporates. Instant cooling!

This could cut down on energy resources – not to mention your electricity bill.  See the video at the link below!


Solar Powered 3D Printed Trees will Charge Your Smartphone

VTT Technical Research Centre is behind this innovation. They have developed a prototype of a tree, printed from wood-based composite materials, that harvests solar energy and uses it to power things like smartphones and humidifiers.

A whole forest of these little trees opens up interesting possibilities: if one can power your iPhone, what could 10 of them do? Take a look at these via the link. They’re really intriguing.


Holiday in a sustainable, 3D Printed Cabin

DUS Architects in Amsterdam have created the perfect holiday accommodation for the sustainability-minded: a ‘tiny house’ made from 3D-printed microplastics.

It’s a waterfront cabin in a beautiful city. Check out the pictures and videos at the link below, and just think – could we soon be seeing a sustainable housing boom?


You Can 3D Print with your Coffee Grounds

Looking for a fun, sustainable new way to reuse coffee grounds? There’s now a 3D printing filament (the stuff you print with) made from the dregs!

Now you can make a whole host of things out of coffee (coffee cups made from coffee?!), and feel great about it! Take a look at the cute examples at the site linked below.


Turn Plastic Waste into Something Good: 3D Printing and the Perpetual Plastic Project

Let’s end this post on a really inspiring note. The Perpetual Plastic Project wants to take one of our most stubborn waste problems – plastics – and turn them into a force for good.

An installation that’s interactive and engaging, the Project shows how your plastic waste can be recycled right there on the spot into a new product – thanks to a 3D printer. It addresses waste and how we think about it all at once.

Take a look at the website – see pictures of people with their new products, and look into how you can bring this movement to your own area.


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