Could 3D printing help to develop the circular economy?

3D printing is making a lot of noise today. From hobbyist developing new kind of machines to the most advanced methods in the aerospace and medical industry, all production and innovation processes are involved. 3D printing proposes a new approach in manufacturing where raw material use is optimised and waste is minimal or non-existent. It allows for reduction of prototyping steps, production of smaller series with reasonable costs and reduction of assembling time. But could 3D printing also help with the circular economy?

You might not know but this week is the European Week for Waste Reduction. On the occasion, we wanted to share with you two examples from our employees on how plastic toys can be easily fixed with 3D printing. Often toys can become useless because of a broken part or missing part, and a simple solution can make them good as new.

Do you have some toys at home that could be fixed the same way? Please post a picture in a comment on our facebook post!

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