Our Common Future: Can sustainable products be produced using additive manufacturing?

The project, funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation, deals with the research question: "Can sustainable products be produced with the aid of additive manufacturing (3D printers)?" It is planned to inspire the students of the Johannes-Kepler-Gymnasium in Lebach with current sustainability research. By printing out everyday products with recycled plastic material, the pupils are to develop knowledge-based answers.

To this end, various plastics (e.g. waste from 3D printing, packaging materials) are first shredded, melted and extruded into plastic material (filament) for 3D printing. By varying the proportion of recycled and new material, the pupils are shown possibilities to influence the production possibilities in their research. Tensile specimens are produced from the various mixtures and material parameters are determined and evaluated experimentally.

For example, it will be investigated whether it is possible to recycle PET bottles for 3D printing. Subsequently, new and recycled material is used to produce spare parts using 3D scanning and 3D printing. Defective parts are captured with the existing 3D scanners, reworked and printed out as spare parts. Finally, the findings are summarized and presented to the public.

Partner

  • Johannes-Kepler-Gymnasium, Lebach

Duration

01.08.2018 to 30.06.2020

Funding

Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH

Contact

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Wahl
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Wahl
Professor FB Umweltplanung/-technik - FR Maschinenbau

Contact

+49 6782 17-1313

Location

Birkenfeld | Building 9916 | Room 142

Consultation

Donnerstags 13:00-14:00 Uhr sowie nach Vereinbarung

Contact

Trier University of Applied Sciences, Environmental Campus Birkenfeld
Institut for Operations and Technology Management (IBT)
Campusallee 9925
55768 Hoppstädten-Weiersbach
Germany

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