Promoting positive environmental benefits

AMEXCI joins the Additive Manufacturing Green Trade Association (AMGTA), a group that promotes the positive environmental benefits of Additive Manufacturing (AM).  
–We believe AM has a crucial role to play for the future as we need to be more conscious about the usage of natural resources and minimize waste in the manufacturing chain. We are taking this step together with AMGTA to increase awareness globally, says Edvin Resebo, CEO at AMEXCI. 

Additive Manufacturing Green Trade Association (AMGTA) was founded in November 2019 by Sintavia CEO, Brian Neff and launched at Formnext in Frankfurt, Germany the same year. The AMGTA seeks to educate the public and industry about the positive environmental benefits of additive manufacturing. It is a non-commercial, unaffiliated organization open to any additive manufacturer or industry stakeholder that meets certain criteria concerning sustainability or production process. 
—While the economic and technical superiority of additive manufacturing is well-known within key industries, its benefits in sustainability are often less well understood. The AMGTA was founded specifically to promote the inherently positive sustainability benefits of AM within key industries and the public at large, says Sherry Handel, Executive Director of the AMGTA. 

Sherry Handel, Executive Director of the Additive Manufacturer Green Trade Association (AMGTA).

Increase awareness globally 

AMEXCI works actively with creating and maintaining environmental awareness internally at the company. The hope is that the AMGTA platform will help raise the sustainability discussion globally and that the additive manufacturing chain can be seen as a more sustainable alternative to subtractive methods in the long run.  
–On the topic of sustainability, AM can reduce the amount of waste material generated throughout the manufacturing chain as parts are produced near net shape and require less machining. Being able to fabricate parts by adding layer upon layer opens up for the design of complex, lightweight parts that could help lower the energy consumption in a moving vessel. We need to look at the whole product life cycle, from feedstock production to end-product usage and how that compares to other well-established production technologies, says Edvin Resebo, CEO at AMEXCI. 

 Sharing research findings with industry and public

In 2020 the AMGTA commissioned its first research project through the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands to systematically review existing literature regarding environmental sustainability within metal AM. The AMGTA is also working with a university in the U.S to commission a research project, which is a Life Cycle Analysis (“LCA”) of an additively manufactured aerospace component as compared to an identical cast component.   
– Through rigorous, independent, and ongoing research, the AMGTA will be an instrumental and independent key industry player positioned to take on the sustainability challenge. Our plan is to publish our research findings and share them with industry, the public, and other key stakeholders, says Sherry Handel.

This fall Sherry Handel, Executive Director of the AMGTA, will moderate a panel session at Formnext 2020, covering “Sustainability in AM” with representatives from industry-leading Additive Manufacturing stakeholders. 
For more information about the AMGTA and their upcoming events, please contact: Sherry Handel via email at:  shandel@amgta.org or visit the organization’s website at www.amgta.org

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