NAMIC Insights

Driving efforts in Sustainability through 3D Printing

Have you ever wondered how our manufacturing sectors can drive efforts in Sustainability? In line with the UN The Sustainable Development Goals, Singapore’s Manufacturing sector is accelerating efforts in Sustainability through 3D Printing.

Let us look at these initiatives led by the partners of National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) in using 3D Printing to drive efforts in Sustainability!

Prof Javier and Hydra installation at SUTD Library

Hydra – The World’s Largest fully biodegradable object ever printed by Chitonous / SUTD

Inspired by the wonders of nature, A/Prof Javier’s Fernandez Team at Chitonous (SUTD) made use of nature’s most abundant biomaterials, Chitin and Cellulose to develop FLAM 3D, the leading technology to 3D print the world’s tallest 3D-printed structure, Hydra. By developing the FLAM (Fungus Like Adhesive Materials), Chitonous enabled manufacturers to fill the missing piece in the circular economy, enabling the production, fabrication, and degradation of materials and products in closed urban environments. https://www.chitonous.com/

[Source: https://3dprint.com/258923/exclusive-interview-chitonous-hopes-to-use-ubiquitous-biological-polymers-for-manufacturing/]

AirMesh – both a meeting space and a lighted sculpture

Infusing Design, Creativity with 3D printing technologies by Prof Carlos Banon (AirLab / SUTD)

AirMesh, an award-winning structure 3D printed using stainless steel was installed in Gardens by the Bay. By infusing design principles with innovating technologies, AirMesh was the first 3D printed structure in Singapore by Prof Carlos Banon’s Architectural Intelligence Research Lab (AirLab), producing an excellent architecture of aesthetic and functional value. This project was one of the first collaborative projects between Building & Construction Authority (BCA) and AirLab to realise the vision of 3D printed architectures in Singapore.

[Source: https://de51gn.com/prof-carlos-banon-on-why-singapore-is-at-the-forefront-of-3d-printing-and-other-innovative-tech-in-the-built-environment/]

A functional cutting board made from recycled wooden chopsticks

Sustainable practices to minimise the carbon footprint on the Environment by ChopValue Singapore

Fancy sitting on a chair or using a study table made of used wooden chopsticks? ChopValue Singapore has started up an island wide business franchise recycling programme to collect used chopsticks and reengineer them into beautiful furniture and consumer products.

Do visit ChopValue at their site to see how their efforts reduce the impact of carbon footprint!

[Source: https://chopvalue.com.sg/pages/our-story]

A prototype printed from the high quality recycled metal powders

Changing the way the world supplies by eliminating the reliance on traditional supply chains – Molyworks upcycling scrape metals

Having developed the proprietary ‘The Greyhound’ Metal Recycling System, Molyworks converts scrap metals into high quality metal powders for Industrial uses.

Being the most flexible system on Earth, Molyworks is harnessing The Greyhound’s powerful functionalities to change the way the world supplies by accelerating sustainability and circular economics around the world.

[Source: https://www.molyworks.co/]

From Waste to Wonder – Producing beautiful lampshades for our interiors from recycled fishing nets – by Philips / Fishy Filaments

Ocean waste has always posed a major environment problem with plastic fishing nets accounting for majority of the wastes.  By upcycling used fishing nets, Philips MyCreation has partnered with Fishy Filaments to produce beautiful and inspirational designed lamps for the interiors, while achieving the targets of reducing carbon footprints to reduce ocean wastes.

Using only fresh water, Fishy Filaments developed a proprietary recycling system to turn dirty, end-of-life, nylon made fishing nets, and transforming them from waste to new functional products.

https://fishyfilaments.com/mission/ ]