Rapport: 3-D Printing Sustainability Opportunities and Challenges
3-D printing—a technology known as “additive manufacturing,” which builds objects by adding successive layers of materials—is having a tremendous impact on many industries.
In the private sector, industries ranging from aerospace and automotive to healthcare and consumer products are using the technology to do things like print tools on demand and create custom products, which can reduce costs related to time, resources, and inventory.
In the nonprofit sector, organizations are finding applications in disaster relief and wildlife conservation by printing humanitarian supplies in the field or creating replicas of animal products to reduce the poaching of endangered species. It’s clear that this technology has the potential to transform manufacturing supply chains, distribution channels, business models, and the use of resources across a range of sectors.