By: Lexi Roach
With the holiday season upon us, it is important to note the impact of our purchases and decisions that can be harmful on the environment. Normally, when first thinking of Additive Manufacturing, “energy saving and environmentally friendly” is not the first thing we associate with. But, the truth of the matter is, 3D manufacturing promotes energy saving product development as well as accessibility.
The American Manufacturing Offices have been diligently at work in stimulating the energy saving revolution. These efforts include a partnership with the Wind Energy Technologies Office to produce wind turbine blade molds with the application of BAAM (big area additive manufacturing). This will promote waste reduction as well as potential for new designs of the blades, making them more attractive and more space conscious.
It is one of the goals of the Additive Manufacturing industry to contribute largely to the clean energy movement, both presently and in the coming years. The focus is to be on the improvements in our environment, economy and potentially even national security. Being able to quickly produce energy efficient materials that are inexpensive will help change the role additive manufacturing plays in our world today.