06/10/2016

3D printing: new sustainable solutions

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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!

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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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