Quantifying and Predicting Energy Consumption of Desktop 3D Printers
AnonymousMemberApril 21, 2021 at 9:20 AM
As the Earth continues to turn, more people are born, and more things are invented and manufactured, global energy consumption will obviously go up, not down. Burning fossil fuels is the major leading cause of excessive CO2 emissions, which can cause climate change and rising sea level, and despite our best efforts, nearly 85% of the planet’s total energy usage still stems from traditional fossil fuels. Obviously, one of the largest energy consuming sectors is industrial, and according to the 2019 Wohlers Report, the 3D printing sub-sector was showing annual energy consumption growth rates of 24.5%. This is particularly important given the sustainability claims made by many parties in the industry.
While additive manufacturing (AM) is not that high up in the global manufacturing market’s use of energy, industry experts believe the field will continue to grow, and, as such, use more energy. A team of researchers from the University of Central Lancashire’s School of Engineering published a paper on their attempt to, as they wrote, “quantify the energy use of the most common forms of AM technologies.”
“To date, research efforts have focussed on the energy use of industrial AM machines, and little research has been conducted on the
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