It is believed that 3D printing – or AM – will bring a new industrial revolution on a global scale, with a great number of applications for manufacturing, healthcare, transport, defense, education or entertainment. An integral part of the process is the use of materials… such as bioplastics, gypsum, gold and other, which certainly creates the issue of availability of these natural resources and minerals.
This topic was addressed by parliament during its last plenary session, with MEPs adopting a mandatory system of reporting on all levels of the supply chain in the production of minerals.
Transparency and availability of materials are extremely important, yet the trilogues – between the commission, council and parliament – have a lot of legislative work and compromising ahead of them. … (read more)