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The Green 3d Print

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The Green 3d Print

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Dr. Joshua Pearce, a professor at Michigan Technological University, has worked to develop Eco-friendly techniques for 3D printing.  His technique reduces carbon footprint.  Professor Pearce has developed a “Recyclebot” to create plastic filament using recycled milk jugs.  3D printers use this material for creating structures.   His study found that using recycled materials at home to create filament uses one fortieth the amount of energy it would take to create it commercially.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_Pearce

http://www.mtu.edu/ece/department/faculty/full-time/pearce/

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/3-D-Printing-Green-Plastic-Carbon-Footprint-298626001.html

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3D Printing with metal

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3D Printing with metal

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It’s very thrilling for everybody they  can make their Christmas ornaments at home they can put their names on them they can modify whatever design they like so here it is  Engineers from Michigan Technological University in Houghton have designed a 3D metal printer that can be made with less than $1,500 of materials and open-source software. [1]

3D printing would benefit people in the developing world, who have limited access to manufactured goods, and researchers, who can radically cut the cost of scientific equipment to further their science, Pearce said. “Small and medium-sized enterprises would be able to build parts and equipment quickly and easily using downloadable, free and open-source designs, which could revolutionize the economy for the benefit of the many.”

Joshua Pearce of Michigan Technological University stated “I really don’t know if we are mature enough to handle it, but I think that with open-source approach, we are within reach of a Star Trek-like, post-scarcity society, in which ‘replicators’ can create a vast array of objects on demand, resulting in wealth for everyone at very little cost. Pretty soon, we’ll be able to make almost anything.” [1]

  1. [1] http://www.mtu.edu/news/stories/2013/november/scientists-build-low-cost-open-source-3d-metal-printer.html