Using the NCAM’s Metal Powder Bed Fusion facility, the MTC conducted a discovery project focussed on identifying and assessing opportunities to reduce the carbon footprint of the metal AM process chain.
Additive manufacturing presents a unique opportunity to create novel products that would be infeasible, if not impossible, to make using conventional approaches. AM has been heralded as a significant tool in the transition to sustainable manufacturing by enabling new products and business models. From an environmental perspective, AM is already reducing the lifetime impact of components for specific applications.
Despite these benefits, during the manufacturing phase, current metal additive processes such as Laser Powder Bed Fusion (LPBF) are energy intensive and generally have higher associated carbon footprints per kg of final part than conventional manufacturing.