Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association Commissions First Research ProjectJune 3, 2020
The Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association (AMGTA) announced that it has selected Jeremy Faludi, Ph.D. (LEED AP BD+C), to oversee its first commissioned university research project, a literature-based systematic review on the environmental sustainability of metal additive manufacturing (AM).
The AMGTA-commissioned research paper will be comprised of a literature review of existing studies “describing where metal AM provides environmental benefits compared to older manufacturing methods,” says Sherry Handel, AMGTA’s executive director. “This research also may reveal areas in the manufacturing process where AM could cause higher environmental impacts than older manufacturing methods. Through rigorous, independent and ongoing research, AMGTA will publish research findings and share with industry and other key stakeholders what our eco-footprint is now, and what we will need to focus on in the future to be more sustainable.”
A sustainable design strategist and researcher, Faludi is assistant professor of design engineering at Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, where he specializes in design for the circular economy and green 3D printing. He also serves in the adjunct faculty of engineering at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College.
“We are excited to announce our first research project and thrilled to be able to work with Dr. Faludi,” says Handel. “This project will provide our membership and the public in general with an excellent survey of existing research on the sustainability benefits of AM. Dr. Faludi is a renowned researcher within this field, and we are looking forward to understanding better the existing scope of research on this topic.”
AMGTA was launched in November 2019 to promote the environmental benefits of AM over traditional methods of manufacturing. A noncommercial, unaffiliated organization, AMGTA is open to any additive manufacturer or industry stakeholder that meets certain criteria relating to sustainability of production or process.
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