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Can 3D Printing Go Green?

Multi-day forum on making the next industrial revolution more sustainable.
from 02 May 2013 at 6:00 PM to 04 May 2013 at 10:30 PM Pacific Standard Time (UTC - 8)

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730 Montgomery St. San Francisco, CA 94111

In partnership with swisscleantech and Startup Nectar.

It is clear there is a revolution going on in the do-it-yourself (DIY) or maker movement. In fact, Chris Anderson, Wired Magazine’s former editor-in-chief, and others call it the new industrial revolution. At the heart of this revolution is micro-manufacturing, things like 3D printing that are quickly becoming accessible to anyone—and everyone. As 3D printing, and therefore rapid prototyping, reaches our desktops, millions of people are building what they want whenever they want it and innovation is moving at lighting speed.

But with the growing revolution in 3D printing comes growing waste. How can we build integrated system solutions that favor recycling and sustainable, compostable materials (biomaterials) that still fulfill all the technical requirements to be used at the large-scale?

On May 2-4, join swissnex San Francisco, Startup Nectar, and swisscleantech for a series of inspiring lectures and hands-on events that attempt to answer these questions and examine the possibilities (and challenges) of 3D printing and biomaterials.

Hear from leading scholars and entrepreneurs about the bright and sustainable future for in-home manufacturing. Make your own biomaterial and put it to the test in a 3D printer. And discover how innovative companies are taking cues from nature to make their technologies and solutions cleaner.

 3D Exhibition


Exhibition „ In 3 Dimensions – Printing Objects“, Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, 6 February 2013 to 5 May 2013, photo: Regula Bearth, © ZHdK



Thursday, May 2: The Ethics and Sustainability of 3D Printing, evening conference and panel discussion

Friday, May 3: Sustainable 3D Printing Summit, day-long workshop for 3D printing experts

Saturday, May 4: DIY Biomaterials: A Factory in Your Kitchen, afternoon workshop


Stay tuned for more information.

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Type A machines






bio mimicry


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