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Additive Manufacturing and sustainability

“A mindset that’s never been seen before”

4 March 2022

At EOS, sustainability is a topic that’s right at the top of the agenda. Among other things, making sustainable manufacturing part of its mission statement has resulted in the subject being “factored into our thinking in all our internal departments,” as Björn Hanappel, head of sustainability at EOS, explained at the company’s booth at Formnext 2021. “We’ve seen a huge increase in motivation to engage in this effort at our company.”

Image: Thomas Masuch
Björn Hanappel (right), together with his EOS colleagues, brought the topic of sustainability in Additive Manufacturing even further into focus at Formnext 2021. Image: Thomas Masuch

At last year’s event, EOS demonstrated how sustainability can be achieved with innovations like the two new Polyamide 11 materials PA 802 MF CN and PA 820 CF CN, which its subsidiary Advanced Laser Materials (ALM) had brought to market as certified, carbon-neutral polymers. EOS also presented a systematic life cycle analysis (LCA) it had conducted on 3D-printed glasses frames along with one of its customers, You Mawo, and Fraunhofer EMI, which indicated a 58% reduction in carbon emissions compared to conventional eyewear manufacturing scenarios.

“We’re creating a mindset that’s never been seen before,” Hanappel declares. He adds that the company’s focus is bearing fruit in business terms, as well: Other eyewear manufacturers have expressed an interest in reducing their carbon footprint in production, and major corporations have been aware of the importance of sustainability for some time now.

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Image: Thomas Masuch
Image: Thomas Masuch



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