Essentium research highlights positive environmental impact of 3D printing

Finding that 86% of manufacturers with carbon reduction initiatives report positive impacts from AM technology

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Essentium, Inc., a worldwide leader in industrial additive manufacturing, has shared findings from the company’s independent research showcasing the positive impact of 3D printing on reducing carbon emissions. As companies grapple with supply chain challenges, a growing number are adopting sustainable manufacturing approaches, including recyclable materials, reduced energy consumption, and more. The research, commissioned by Essentium, reveals that 94% of manufacturers are actively engaged in initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, with 53% reporting mature and strategic programs in place.

The study highlights that 86% of manufacturers with carbon reduction initiatives report positive impacts from this technology. Manufacturers cite numerous benefits, including reduced waste (40%), shorter supply chains (36%), elimination or minimization of overruns (33%), decreased carbon footprint for parts transportation (31%), lower overall carbon emissions (30%), streamlined logistics requirements (28%), and optimized storage footprints (27%).

The study further reveals that almost all [98%] of manufacturers consider 3D printing vital for their carbon reduction initiatives, underscoring the significant role this technology plays in driving positive environmental change.

“This research highlights the 3D printing’s capacity to manufacture products in a much more eco-friendly way,” said Nirup Nagabandi, Ph.D., Vice President of Materials and Process Engineering at Essentium. “Specifically, we are working with customers and partners to transform the manufacturing industry by enabling efficient production methods that reduce waste, cut energy consumption, and eliminate transportation emissions. That’s the exciting and sustainable vision of 3D printing.”

The inherent advantages of 3D printing enable manufacturers to achieve these sustainable outcomes. By leveraging AM techniques, companies can significantly reduce material waste compared to traditional subtractive processes. Furthermore, localized production through 3D printing reduces reliance on complex supply chains – leading to decreased transportation requirements and overall carbon emissions.

This research highlights the pivotal role of 3D printing in supporting carbon reduction initiatives, and shows Essentium’s commitment to driving innovation in AM and empowering manufacturers to enhance operational efficiency while contributing to a greener future.

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