By 2050, experts have predicted that up to 50% of global trade could be cut due to onsite fabrication, resulting in a possible 15% decrease in transportation carbon emissions. However, slashing supply chains is dependent on the ability to source raw materials. While 3D printing is a massive market opportunity, many have criticized 3D printing for often creating excessive plastic waste while constraining users to only those that can afford to import the expensive feedstock. This conversation will highlight pioneers using accessible plastic waste to 3D print a better future and detail the technological challenges & opportunity for anyone committed to printing a better society, one layer at a time.
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