On this panel from the Sustainability in Manufacturing Virtual Summit, experts from the Manufacturing, 3D Printing and Product Development industries discuss using 'Environmentally Friendly Materials' and the impact of sustainability when bringing a product to market.
Here is the on-demand video recording:
Recap and Resources:
Important to look at full picture when it comes to sustainability and manufacturing – for ex. heavier parts (i.e. metal) impact shipping costs
“Environmentally-friendly” “materials” language breakdown
What do we mean by environmentally-friendly?
What category of materials are we talking about?
What factors or scale can we employ to categorize a given material, and from there, a product or product line?
Life cycle assessment (LCA)
How to consider product design / development space
How do you approach considering cradle to grave or cradle to cradle or entire lifecycle?
Impact caused by fabrication vs by usage
Triple bottom line: environmental, social, and economic impacts of choices
Global network in terms of using materials and substrates in 3D printing
Where the materials come from (particularly plastics and related materials)
How do I get started / approach this topic without a PhD in material science, for example?
Defining what is lifecycle assessment
How does one employ those tools?
At what stage?
How does it apply to the product lifecycle?
Optimize for Cost / Quality / Schedule AND focus on sustainability in material choices
How does it apply here, particularly in capitalist systems?
Trends in companies using less packaging or switching to less complicated materials and potentially more recyclable materials
Finding or defining suitable eco-design principles for products
Challenges for environmentally-friendly materials in mass production (i.e. multi-material packaging that's difficult to recycle)
Related to policies, what is some of the good that's coming out of sustainability initiative?