3.4.4 3D-printing and the circular economy (3/3)

Course subject(s) Module 3. Longer Lasting Products

The 3D-printers in the video are there for a reason. It is often said that 3D-printing or additive manufacturing will be an important enabler for the Circular Economy. Marcel den Hollander has the following to say about this:

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  • 3D-printing can make repairs more cost-effective. There is no need to keep large numbers of spare parts in stock as these can be printed on demand.
  • 3D-printing also makes it cheaper to produce complex plastic parts in small series.
  • Repair, refurbishment and remanufacturing will profit from easy and cost-effective repairs – and this will stimulate the development of closed loop business models.
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