Finding sustainable 3D-printing materials with Vitriprint

  • Research project
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3D-printing has seen a huge boom in recent years and the practice is increasingly common within the production industry. However, the materials used for 3D-printing (across multiple techniques, including extrusion printing and resin printing) usually rely on fossil plastics. In other words, the polymers used to make the materials such a 3D-printing filament are based on fossil resources such as oil. The Vitriprint project aims to find a more sustainable and renewable alternative for these polymers.

Multiple sustainability factors are considered in this project:

  • Whether biomass can be used as a feedstock in the production of these polymers
  • Making the synthesis of the biobased building blocks of these polymers sustainable, safe, and easier to scale up
  • Designing the bonds of the polymers so that they act like a thermoplastic and can be recycled, repaired or reprocessed
  • Testing the recycling of the used 3D-printing materials into granulates that can be repurposed in filament for extrusion-based 3D-printing.

If successful, the project could create a commercially attractive 3D-printing material that is more sustainable than current options on the market.

See our publications here.

The research project


Fields of interest

  • Environment