3D printing is emerging as an environmentally friendly technology that can provide quick turnaround on rapid-prototyping and product development. In addition to its ability to produce objects quickly, it produces a minimal carbon footprint compared to traditional manufacturing. FDM printers utilize a thermoplasticaliphatic polyester derived from renewable resources, such as corn starch, tapioca roots and sugarcane, meaning it is biodegradable and 100% recyclable. 3D printing processes allow for mass customization — the ability to personalize products according to individual needs and requirements. Even within the same build chamber, the nature of 3D printing means that numerous products can be manufactured at the same time according to the end-users requirements at no additional process cost.

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