Circular economy enabled by additive manufacturing: potential opportunities and key sustainability aspects

DS 101: Proceedings of NordDesign 2020, Lyngby, Denmark, 12th - 14th August 2020

Year: 2020
Editor: Mortensen, N.H.; Hansen, C.T. and Deininger, M.
Author: Kravchenko, Mariia; Pigosso, Daniela C.A.; McAloone, Tim C.
Series: NordDESIGN
Institution: Technical University of Denmark
Section: Circularity and Sustainability
Page(s): 14
DOI number:
ISBN: 9781912254088


Additive manufacturing is also seen as a powerful enabler of circular economy (CE), which aims at reducing resource consumption while boosting business opportunities. No waste production and reduced physical inventories are just few examples of how AM could positively contribute to CE goal. This paper aims at, firstly, exploring what CE strategies can be enabled by AM, and secondly, providing examples of key sustainability aspects to be considered in early design of AM-enabled CE strategies.

Keywords: circular economy, additive manufacturing, sustainability


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