RE: [rp-ml] Benefit of rapid manufacturing on natural environment

From: Andrea Reinhardt (
Date: Mon May 14 2007 - 14:51:01 EEST

Dear Jordi et all,
at micro parts direct batch production (e.g. RMPDtechnologies) makes the
parts only, non-cured material can be re-used
-instead of injection molding you have a lot of waste as smaller the parts
are as more
for polymer mems made with direct manufacturing no agressive chemistry is
-compared with e.g. etching technologies
also with direct manufacturing (using hydrophilic materials=>hydrophilic
and no additional process step is needed
-this safes energy
Best regards


From: [] On Behalf
Of Jordi Figueras
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2007 8:37 AM
Subject: [rp-ml] Benefit of rapid manufacturing on natural environment

 Dear all,

Between the advantages of Rapid Manufacturing (together with the other
additive technologies: Rapid Repairing, Cladding at the surface for tools,
molds...), I believe that it might represent a potential benefit over
natural environment (direct or indirect): reduction of wasted material
during conventional machining, extended life (coatings), lightweight
structures (and thus reduction of the fuel consumption), better efficiency
(cooling channels)...

Most of the case studies that I have seen focusses on the economical (or
time saving) benefits. Are you aware of any report that focusses on the
(concrete) benefits of Rapid Manufacturing on the environment?


Dr.Jordi Figueras
Technical Manager- IDEKO
Arriaga Kalea 2
E-20870 ELGOIBAR (Gipuzkoa)

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