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Printed trees provide renewable energy

Energy needs are constantly growing and trees are still being chopped down for firewood in many parts of the world. Scientists at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland are turning this approach around. Instead of harvesting trees, they are printing artificial trees to harvest energy from the environment. The trees consist of wood-based 3D printed stems and printed solar cells as leaves.

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Is Sustainable Print Finishing Actually Possible?

Finishing printed products is one way to make the final product more attractive. And it's the right mix of design, substrate and finishing that has a bigger impact on sales as you probably already know. Some special methods thus make it possible to change the final product in an improved way. Finishing techniques are often not environmentally friendly though. Is it still possible to focus on sustainability and guarantee high-quality finishing at the same time?

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How 3D Printing Could Help Prevent And Fight Drinking Water Shortages

If there's one thing Western societies take for granted, it's access to a safe supply of drinking water and having decent wastewater. However, currently 2.2 billion have no access to exactly that. And the forecasts are bad: it is possible that by 2032 more than half of the world's population will suffer from a lack of drinking water. Creative and innovative solutions need to be created to address the problem. How can 3D printing help?

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[Guest Article] Sustainability at PRINT & DIGITAL CONVENTION: Top Industry Congress plus Trade Fair

PRINT & DIGITAL CONVENTION 2019

PRINT & DIGITAL CONVENTION, PDC, which takes place on October 20 and 21 in Düsseldorf, wires together all important topics of the graphics industry with the advantages of the formats trade fair, congress and networking: eight theme worlds, four parallel lecture series every day with 48 lectures and workshops and over 60 exhibitors. Sustainability is a main topic with 6 presentations on both days. 

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