3D-Printers and Maker-Spaces: Improving Health and Environmental Sustainability Through Voluntary Standards

University of Vermont for the Environmental Law Institute
Date Released
August 2019
3D-Printers and Maker-Spaces

This report is the culmination of a three-month investigation into the nature of 3d-printing with regards to potential social and environmental implications. Three graduate students from the Sustainability Innovation MBA program at the University of Vermont teamed up with members of the Environmental Law Institute to identify these implications and offer recommendations for sustainability within the specific sector of maker-spaces in the 3d-printing industry. The recommendations are easy to understand, grounded in real research, and completely attainable by anyone operating or managing a maker-space in a community or educational environment.

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