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Green Information Technology by Babak Akhgar, Colin Pattinson, Mohammad Dastbaz

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Chapter 10

3D Printing and Sustainable Product Development

Steve Wilkinson*; Nick Cope    Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK* Corresponding author: s.wilkinson@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Abstract

This chapter explores the history of 3D printing and associated emerging technological applications. 3D printing is the most tangible physical output of modern computer technology and as such has the power to impact beyond the core IT technologies into both personalized and mainstream manufacturing. If used correctly, these technologies can reduce the carbon footprint of manufacturing and change the manufacturing paradigm (Factory 2.0), resulting in a highly distributed model of production. The origins of 3D printing are described, and the range of underlying ...

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