3-Step Sustainability Framework Points to Future

Consumer products and the companies that create those products make a huge impact on the environment. The upside of that reality is that these same organizations have a significant opportunity to create environmental change, and making those changes will ultimately create stronger and more sustainable businesses. “In a resource constrained world, we are increasingly facing…

More Game-Changers in the World of 3D Printing

HP's industry-changing announcement of its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing technology for commercial-scale end-production got the lion's share of attention at this week's RAPID 2016 show. But that wasn't the only news of note. Other companies made some game-changing software and hardware announcements as well, all of them aimed at making it easier to print…

3D-Printed Bones May Be on Horizon

Developments in the medical world are underway that are equal parts fascinating, inspirational, and possibly even macabre. Additive manufacturing—creating three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file—has become a billon-dollar industry whose potential is limited only by the imaginations of individuals with access to a 3D printer. Within that market, 3D bioprinting, which involves fabricating replacement…

15 Biggest Technology Wins on Kickstarter

The high-tech world is full of startups looking for that million (or multi-million) dollar idea and many fail. However, if you take a look at funding platforms such as Kickstarter, you'll see a handful that that succeeded beyond the wildest dreams of the inventor. In fact, Forbes estimates that as many as nine out of…

Data is Key to Profitable Plastics Recycling

Metals have been reused and recycled for centuries – some, arguably for millennia. Plastics, however, are much newer materials, and the reuse and recycling of plastics is newer still. For electronics OEMs, who have traditionally focused on reclaiming precious metals and components, this new push may be daunting, but soon it will be part of…

How to Make Money in Plastics Recycling

The device on which you are reading this blog (or on which you printed it) likely contains plastic, in addition to some precious and non-precious metals. When that device reaches the end of its life, you have two types of options, I learned from the Circular Economy Executive Education Course I'm taking:  Linear product and…