Bluesint PA12 – Creating a Path towards Eliminating Waste in 3D Printing

In this talk dr. Tom Craeghs, Research Manager at Materialise, will illustrate the company’s drive to empower the choice for sustainability with the development of BlueSint PA12. This material innovation makes it possible to 3D print with up to 100% re-used powder, creating a path towards eliminating waste in 3D Printing. Tom will illustrate how a multi-disciplinary team of process, software and LCA experts came together to address the question: what can we do to make AM more sustainable?

A presentation by Tom Craeghs, research manager at Materialise.


Question 1: What drives you?
My passion for AM in combination with exploring ways to make the world better, healthier and more sustainable with AM.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
I have a long-standing background in Additive Manufacturing (more than 15 years) which I use at Materialise business to push my R&D teams in achieving more sustainable manufacturing processes and materials. I want to share some of my experience with the audience..

Question 3: What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
New sustainable materials for AM, new AM processes for continuous printing which hold the promise to be 10 times faster than the SoA processes.

Question 4: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
The cost of AM is still high and we need to invest in creating a design-for-AM mindset.

About Tom Craeghs
Tom Craeghs received a Master of Science Degree in 2006 and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering in 2012 for the University of Leuven. Tom joined Materialise in 2012, as research manager. He leads a team of 20 engineers, responsible for innovation in AM processes and software domains in build preparation and machine control.

About Materialise
Materialise is a true pioneer in the AM industry and incorporates more than three decades of experience into a range of software solutions and 3D printing services. This unique position allows Materialsie to empower global clients in a wide variety of industries to build innovative 3D printing applications that have the potential to transform industries. Materialise believes that Additive Manufacturing provides these industries with an instrument to manufacture in a more sustainable way. But that is not enough . Materialise is convinced that continued investment in innovative technologies is key to better understanding the AM process and our ability to control it, ultimately making Additive Manufacturing more sustainable.

Tom Craeghs is speaker at the 2021 edition of Additive Manufacturing Climate Action Conference.

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