Environmental- and health impact of 3D printing

3D printer producing a little plastic treeClick to enlarge
3D printing implicates challenges and opportunities for the environment and health.
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Dental bridges, car bodies, construction components for homes: with 3D printing, it is possible to make almost anything. The technology is conquering ever more branches of industry – and even ringing in a new era of manufacturing. The efficiency of raw materials, greenhouse gases, pollutants: a study by the UBA highlights the challenges and opportunities for the environment and health.

This trend report systematically deals with the developments in 3D printing and examines the opportunities and risks to the environment for the various fields of application, printing methods, materials used, etc. The report shows that environmental measures are necessary, such as, for example, 3D printing involves various pressures on human health that should be regulated.