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How Do We Prove That Additive Manufacturing Supports a Sustainable Future?

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The impact of manufacturing has become of growing concern. Energy usage, transportation distances and methods and waste are just some of the headaches. 

Even if additive manufacturing has been used for years, it is still, in many situations, considered to be a new technology trend, and certainly underleveraged for many industrial purposes and benefits. New technologies, materials, services and business models are continuously being introduced. Both industrial and capital players are paying increasingly more interest to the impact and sustainability aspects that these innovations bring, and players are seeking to argue for their positive contribution. Standardized ways of measuring and reporting on matters, such as emissions and waste in the additive manufacturing industry are, however, lacking. This leads to uncertainty and possible greenwashing and it does not align the players in the industry toward clear common goals. 

In December 2021, Ivaldi Group, together with Wilhelmsen Ships Service and research institute, SINTEF, secured research funding from the Norwegian Research Council, to investigate and develop standardized impact measurements for spare parts’ lifecycle in the maritime industry. The project is executed together with Original Equipment Manufacturers, manufacturing partners and end users of spare parts along the coast of Norway, and it will be conducted by tracing actual, physical parts all the way from need, to use of part in operations. The suggested keynote speech will cover experiences so far, as well as ambitions for the project. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Participant will be able to consider their own contribution to a more sustainable supply chain for spare parts.
  • Participant will be able to challenge and possibly improve how they currently measure and report their environmental impact.
  • Participant can consider to join forces to test and bring new standards for measuring and reporting environmental impact for users of additive manufacturing.