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Roboze to speak at Harvard’s ‘The Future of Sustainable Plastics’

A seminar addressing the challenges and opportunities offered by plastics

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Roboze is set to speak about leveraging the advantages of plastics without contributing to the world’s environmental crisis – the theme of the seminar titled ‘The Future of Sustainable Plastics’ organized by Harvard’s Belfer Center, on April 28th.

The enormous versatility of plastics demonstrated over the years has also colonized industrial applications in every production sector. Almost all of these materials are derived from oil, natural gas, and coal, so-called “dirty” and non-renewable resources. We must not focus only on the production itself, but on the entire life cycle of plastics that contributes to CO2 emissions dispersed into the air.

Roboze, a technology company that produces the world’s most precise 3D printers dedicated to the production of parts made of super polymers and composite materials, and one of the industry’s most active players in this field, is convinced of this and is a guest speaker at a seminar organized by Harvard.

According to the manufacturer, today we have a huge opportunity to address sustainability at a systemic level through circularity and by encouraging innovation and integration along the plastic value chain and thus reducing the environmental impact.

Starting from the overturning of the delocalized production model, which sees large standardized productions in a single point and shipped all over the world, for years the manufacturer has been at the forefront of proposing a new production paradigm, Roboze Distributed Manufacturing, in which specialized 3D printing centers with Roboze systems distributed all over the world, produce parts wherever and whenever needed, reducing not only costs and times for end-users but also transport and excess inventory in the warehouse. But this obviously cannot be enough.

The additive method allows for the reduction in processing waste compared to traditional methods that consist in modeling a part from a block and subtracting material. The quantity of raw material is lower, reducing not only costs but also energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and resources. Despite this, the products continue to have a beginning and an end, and their life ends in the garbage and becomes unused waste. This is the origin of the Roboze circular economy project which started at the beginning of 2022 for the recovery of processing waste and disused parts to be reintroduced on the market for the benefit of end-users and especially of the environment.

“We are working to refine the management of the entire supply chain, at any cost and with all the necessary efforts. 3D printing technology can be one of the solutions to combat CO2 emissions, reducing transport and producing just in time and on-demand, but if we don’t take serious actions and generate plastic waste, then we will become part of the problem. At Roboze we don’t want to be part of the problem, but we want to be precursors of the solution. Our circular economy model will create zero waste and will represent the solution” explained Alessio Lorusso, Founder, and CEO of Roboze.

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