3D printing has long been celebrated for its ability to revolutionize manufacturing and reduce overall feedstock consumption. The mission of Marvel Labs is to revolutionize 3D printing by repurposing natural waste materials, such as seaweed, coffee grounds, and sawdust, to create sustainable and environmentally friendly 3D-printed objects.
The innovative 3D printing technique, binder jetting, is utilized by Marvel Labs to create marvelous objects from biologically derived waste materials—the journey of Marvel CEO Jake Miller, from his dedication to environmental sustainability. They take these waste materials and turn them into fine powder. Then, they use a particular 3D printer that deposits a special binder made from natural substances across the powder in thin layers. This binder helps the powder stick together and form the desired object. The process is repeated layer by layer until the final 3D-printed object is created. Their technology is unique because they don’t use any harmful plastics or toxic glues in the process. Everything they use is 100% biologically derived, making it environmentally friendly. Marvel Labs aims to reduce waste using these materials and help regenerate the Earth by promoting sustainable practices.
Andy Jeffery, the Head of Sustainability at Marvel Labs, points out some concerning facts: Every year, about 3.7 million tons of wet coffee grounds end up in landfills. In Mexico, around 0.1 million tons of sargassum seaweed washes on beaches. Approximately 15 billion trees are cut down annually, but only about 10 billion are replaced, resulting in a net loss of forests yearly. If this trend continues, we might run out of trees by 2100. Andy also highlights Marvel Labs’ mission, which is not just to address waste issues but also to contribute to the Earth’s regeneration through its innovative processes.
The combination of binder jetting 3D printing technology and biologically derived waste materials allows Marvel Labs to create marvelous objects while actively contributing to carbon capture and environmental regeneration.