Industrial waste valorization, through the development of a solution for 3D printing of thermoplastic filament with metal powders from the subtractive industry.
The Add.Powder project is set up on the development of an Additive Manufacturing solution that allows combining metallic material with thermoplastic polymers. Filament development is also included, by using shavings and other leftovers from traditional methods of producing metal parts, along with the conception, design and production of equipment capable of printing quality objects on metallic materials.
Since this process of printing equipment and filament happens at the same time, the stages are continuously iterative, until the set and its result is optimized.
Reusing materials from shavings of subtractive machining processes enables recapitalizing waste that commonly exists in most industries we have in Portugal. Reusing metal leftovers to create suitable materials for additive manufacturing processes is an innovative technology and it is also ecologically meaningful.