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Functional and Sustainable 3D Printing.

At PlasticPasta 3D, we believe that 3D printing can be a sustainable, empowering alternative to traditional manufacturing methods—not just for companies and large-scale manufacturers, but for makers and hobbyists as well. When makers are informed and well-intentioned, they can help protect and improve the world and the people around them. Not sure where to start? Let us help!

What’s on Our Minds: Recent Blog Posts

High-Leverage Design and Operation Decisions

The list of concrete actions on our ‘Sustainable 3D Printing’ page is separated into 4 priority categories. In this post, we’ll explore some of the high-priority, high-leverage decisions that can maximize your impact in progressing towards more sustainable 3D printing. Since energy use represents the single greatest environmental impact of 3D printing (and the vast majority of the impact of each printed part), these high-leverage printer and object design principles and printer use guidelines focus on reducing energy consumption to the greatest possible extent. SharingContinue reading “High-Leverage Design and Operation Decisions”

Misconceptions about Green 3D Printing

The world of 3D printing has a complicated relationship to sustainability. It’s difficult for both industry and consumers to precisely identify if and how 3D printing can contribute to a more sustainable world, specifically within the manufacturing industry. To try clearing the smoke a bit, so to speak, let’s take a look at two common misconceptions about 3D printing as it relates to sustainability. 3D Printing will reduce transportation costs by shifting manufacturing leverage to localized factories or consumers’ homes. At the surface, this ideaContinue reading “Misconceptions about Green 3D Printing”

Hello, World

Welcome to our new website! Our goal in creating PlasticPasta 3D is to inform and empower makers so that they can 3D print with sustainability and functionality in mind. These are some of the ways in which we hope to accomplish this goal: Explore the 3D printing industry’s supply chain and historical commitment to sustainability. Enumerate the ways in which personal and global 3D printing operations can be made more sustainable. Provide resources, tools, and guidelines that transform makers’ understanding of sustainability and 3D printingContinue reading “Hello, World”


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