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!


Fully 3D printed model aircraft flies with success

3D printing is getting more and more affordable for small and medium-​sized companies as well as individuals. ReSource International (RSI) is using 3D printers to support its own services and operation. Whether laboratory accessories or camera mounts for drones, the 3D printers offer new approaches to design and innovation in engineering. The most recent example is a completely 3D printed airframe based on the drawings from 3DLabPrint. The airframe is a replica of the legendary Spitfire Mk XVI. The airframe was fully printed and assembled at the offices of RSI and successfully flown at a nearby field. This is a new step for RSI’s in-​house drone development and production for commercial use.