Stereolithography 3D Printing with biobased resins – Presented by Geraldine Schnelting, Green PAC

Stereolithography 3D Printing with biobased resins – Presented by Geraldine Schnelting, Green PAC, at 3D Printing Materials Conference on April 16, during the 3D Printing Event at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in The Netherlands.

The accessibility of cost-competitive renewable materials and their application in additive manufacturing is essential for an efficient biobased economy. Current photopolymer resins on the commercial market for stereolithografie 3D printing are fossil-based and expensive, while the availability of low-cost renewable resins is needed to facilitate waste-free and local manufacturing of sustainable 3D products.

Recently, photopolymer resins based on renewable (meth)acrylates were developed and successfully applied in stereolithography 3D printing.

What drives you?
Making 3D printing more accessible and sustainable for the commercial market, so that everyone is more challenged to create whatever they think in a responsible way.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
This presentation focuses on the successful development of a biobased resin for stereolithography 3D printing, research on this has been very limited so far. The development of renewable resins is needed to facilitate waste-free sustainable 3D products and substitute the current fossil-based and expensive photopolymer resins on the commercial market.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Stereolithography 3D printing has been subordinate for a long time as a 3D printing technique, but gives even more design freedom and the possibility to create properties that better fit the current production techniques. However, hardly any step has been taken to make this way of 3D printing more sustainable and that is what we are committed to.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Stereolithography 3D printing gives us the opportunity to create and explore more without having to pay large expenditures on equipment. It is accessible to both companies and consumers and making the raw materials more sustainable makes it available for the future.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Stereolithography 3D printing is an addition to current production techniques, the market for raw materials will remain relatively small and thus a challenge to keep the price low.

“Special Quote”
Sustainable stereolithography 3D printing makes the future more creative

About Geraldine Schnelting
During the Biology and medical laboratory research at the NHL Stenden university, I came into contact with research into sustainable plastics. The combination of sustainability and 3D printing has so grasped me that I now work as a junior researcher within the Sustainable Plastics research group at the NHL Stenden University. Here I am focusing on research into sustainable materials for 3D printing and the organization of educational material for 3D printing.

About Green PAC
Green PAC is an open innovation centre for (green) plastics, fibres and composites. We initiate and facilitate ‘business-driven’ knowledge development. Within Green PAC applied research is done, knowledge is developed and (accelerated) innovations are realised by a unique joint venture between universities of applied sciences, universities and companies in the plastics industry. By making use of the various facilities that Green PAC offers, the business community is being allowed to develop and carry out innovative projects under favourable conditions. In addition, Green PAC is focusing on education in North East Netherlands in order to strengthen the innovative power surrounding plastics technology.

About 3D Printing Event
On April 16 and April 17, 2019, Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands, will host a two-day 3D Printing Event focused on the entire 3D Printing manufacturing value chain from design to end product.The event will include five dedicated conferences and an exhibition.

  • April 16 – 3D Printing Materials Conference – topics: polymers (new materials), metals and multi materials used in 3D Printing
  • April 16 – 3D Design & Engineering Conference – topics: 3D design & 3D engineering tools / Visualisation tools, Reverse engineering, Value Engineering / Virtual Engineering, Topology Optimization, Blockchain & more
  • April 17 – 3D Printing Post-Processing Conference – topics: All actions that are performed after parts are removed from a 3D printer – issues, solutions & future trends.
  • April 17 – AM Integrated Factory Conference – topics: Hybrid manufacturing, Implementation of AM systems as part of an end-to-end production workflow, Implementation of AM systems in the ‘traditional’ production processes
  • April 17 – 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference – topics: 4D Printing from idea to full functionality, Smart materials, Applications & opportunities for designing and engineering
  • April 16-17 – Exhibition – Companies active in 3D Printing related fields will be present to showcase the latest developments.

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