3D Printing with Recycled Plastics: Opportunities and Challenges

Title

3D Printing with Recycled Plastics: Opportunities and Challenges

Authors

Presenter(s)

Peter Anthony Fabe

Comments

Presentation: 10:00 a.m.-10:20 a.m., Kennedy Union 222

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Description

Plastic waste is a significant global health and environmental issue. Inefficiencies and lack of regulated disposal have made waste plastics commonplace in every corner of planet Earth. But what if we could turn waste plastics into any object we want? 3D printing technologies utilize the same base plastics that are readily disposed of in single use plastic applications and can make custom product designs that drive innovative and sustainable solutions. However, there are many barriers that need to be overcome in the path of creating circular economies around plastic waste and 3D printing. This presentation will identify explored mechanisms and methodologies for transforming and using plastic waste in 3D printing applications, important factors in retaining performance and mechanical properties of plastics over repeated use, and infrastructural systems that need to be established to form a truly circular economy around 3D printing and plastic waste.

Publication Date

4-20-2022

Project Designation

Independent Research

Primary Advisor

Robert L. Lowe

Primary Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Keywords

Stander Symposium project, School of Engineering

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Responsible Consumption and Production; Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

3D Printing with Recycled Plastics: Opportunities and Challenges

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