When it comes to controversy, 3D printing is no stranger. This growing industry has been able to produce fully functioning guns, and many other products that the public would prefer to keep behind lock and key, in recent months. It has also been able to produce some really big ideas about eco-friendly building and a greener future in the other industries, though. Indeed, 3D printing might be a key way to lower carbon emissions and boost sustainability.
The Effect on Carbon: Consider a World Without Shipping
Shopping online is great in almost every way, but it fails in one: instant gratification. There’s no getting around the fact that a product purchased online takes at least one day to arrive, and sometimes as long as a week. All the while, fuel is being burned by shipping vehicles and overnight jets, all working to get packages to the consumer on time. 3D printing, though, is instant gratification in the online marketplace. With these tools, consumers could buy a necklace, print it in 3D, and start wearing it in a matter of moments. Carbon consumption would be a thing of the past.
3D Printed Houses Could Transform Building
Already, companies are working on 3D printed houses. These innovative houses are deigned entirely on a computer screen, and then passed through a 3D printer that creates every part of the home without using a factory or a number of other processes that could damage the environment. The result is a more sustainable house that takes less carbon, waste, and runoff, to be built.
With a future that involves less petroleum use, quicker results, and better building materials, 3D printing may just be the most promising sustainability technology of the past half-decade.