How could 3D printing help the circular economy?

Contrary to the linear economy “extract, produce, consume, discard” which tends to reach its limits due to resource constraints, the circular economy “reuse, repair, recycle” focuses on reusing materials and creating added value.

The project “upAM” (up-cycling Additive Manufacturing) led by the University of Luxembourg in partnership with FabLab Luxembourg and the Luxembourg EcoInnovation Cluster aims to promote the circular economy.

It consists in an interactive installation which transforms a disposable polymer product to a recycled product with higher added value or functional purpose. This is more than recycling, this is upcycling!