Using 3D printing to upcycle in the circular economy at the University of Luxembourg

3D Printing Industry | 7/10/2017 | Staff
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In the linear economy raw materials are extracted, goods produced and consumed and then the waste discarded.

However an alternative, using 3D printing, is possible according Claude Wolf and Slawomir Kedziora from the University of Luxembourg’s Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication.

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The researchers describe this as the Circular Economy (CE) – “reusing products, repairing, recycling, and upcycling.”

Writing in the journal “Revue Technique Luxembourgeoise” the researchers describe a system they call upAM. The upAM project combines 3D printing with the ability to recycle plastic waste so, “any individual can produce their own products.”

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A complete autonomous system of the 3D printing process was developed, where materials – disposable polymer products were transformed into new products. The new products would have a similar or higher quality than the old ones in terms of stiffness, weight, surface roughness, function and / or precision. This process proposes to close the loop of a product life, from waste materials through the generation of a filament wire and then manufacturing of the new final products using...
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