Since the first 3D printer was invented in 1983, the technology created a booming industry that has assisted and inspired individuals, companies, and entire markets. Architects, engineers, medical workers, forensic scientists, educators, and other professionals have used 3D printers as means of problem solving, creativity, and innovation that has shaped the world as we know it today. However, as we continue down a path of rapidly developing technology, sustainability is an urgent topic we need to address in order to continue to expand our knowledge.
3D printers are no exception to our society’s need to implement more sustainable technology. Luckily, Clean Green 3D is a business aiming to change the way we 3D print. The company engineers, designs, and supplies 3D printers, filament, and other printing supplies, while making sustainability their top priority. Alongside being environmentally friendly, Clean Green 3D printers aim to protect human health and safety as well as ensure quality and efficiency.
Their 3D printer model “CG-1”, released in 2020, is a paper-based printer that uses selective deposition lamination (SDL). The printer ensures cleanliness and safety by not using “chemicals, odors, toxic air-born particles, special disposal facilities or sharp cutting tools in the CG1s printing process.” No volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or other emissions are created during the printing process, protecting the air for both the environment and operators. The printer materials do not contain any “dangerous powders or resins,” and instead are composed of paper, ink, and glue, making models both “biodegradable and recyclable.” From another sustainability standpoint, “the CG-1 produces zero plastic waste reducing your contribution to plastic pollution.”
Along with its eco-friendly features, the CG-1 printer creates models that are durable, versatile, and high quality. Paper 3D models are shockingly stronger and tougher than traditional plastic models. These models feel similar to wood, and “unlike brittle 3D printed models made from powder, paper-based models can be used immediately following printing, without coating”. Plus, “paper models won’t warp or become soft with typical environmental temperature, light and time,” making them ideal for a range of projects including architectural, sculptural, engineering, and medical. In spite of its reliability, the parts of old models can be recycled into new printing material. The printer is highly predictable, and produces models with accurate and vibrant colors.
Looking at the quantitative features of the printer, the maximum build size is 184 mm × 168 mm × 125 mm (7.3 in x 6.6 in x 4.9 in), with a resolution of 0.2 mm on the X and Y axis, and 0.1 on the Z axis. As for power requirements, the printer needs 350 W, 240v 50Hz, or 120v 60Hz.
Learn more about Clean Green 3D’s CG-1 printer by following this link.