Sustainable 3D Printing: Design Opportunities and Research Perspectives

Rossi, Emilio, Di Nicolantonio, Massimo, Barcarolo, Paola and Lagatta, Jessica (2020) Sustainable 3D Printing: Design Opportunities and Research Perspectives. In: International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, 2019.

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As 3D Printing process, technologies and tools are rapidly becoming pervasive and used both in industrial and in non-industrial contexts, the risk to have new unsustainable printing processes and production’s behaviours is high and, potentially, can led to the increasing of environmental emergency (unsustainable growth). On the other hand, Design for Sustainability works, since late 80’s, on the mitigation of production’s environmental foot-print and, recently, on the development of socio-technical systems and distributed hybrid solutions empowering both environmental aspects and socio-economic ones. This paper investigates the new concept of Sustainable 3D Printing using recent Design for Sustainability’s research theories and design approaches, in order to evaluate, and later describes, promising design opportunities and research perspectives that can be used and taken into account, simultaneously, by designers, researchers, entrepreneurs and policymakers to support the societal transition toward sustainable ways of design, production and consumption.

Keywords:3D printing, Design for Sustainability, Sustainable scenarios, Product-service systems, Design research
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design studies
H Engineering > H700 Production and Manufacturing Engineering
W Creative Arts and Design > W290 Design studies not elsewhere classified
H Engineering > H790 Production and Manufacturing Engineering not elsewhere classified
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Architecture & Design > School of Architecture & Design (Design)
ID Code:40102
Deposited On:16 Apr 2020 13:43

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