Distributed Recicling and Additive Manufacturing

The 21st century witnessed two notable events: China's entry into the global supply market and the popularization of the internet. Various industry segments were impacted by falling prices for new machines and products, including Additive Manufacturing. This technology allows smaller-scale and lower-cost production. This shift, combined with waste reuse, revolutionizes supply chains and circularity in product development and distribution. This project developed an additive manufacturing system aligned with distributed recycling, considering its impacts, advantages, disadvantages, and application possibilities in Brazil, especially Rio de Janeiro, regarding sustainability and circular processes. Reusing polymers for additive manufacturing leads to local manufacturing from nearby waste, facilitating supply chain adjustments and including social groups like waste pickers and recycling cooperatives, thus supporting the local economy and reducing solid waste.

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João Azevedo
PhD - Lecturer/Researcher - Industrial Designer Rio de Janeiro, Brazil