Asian scientists produce sustainable 3D printing ink from sunflower pollen
We’re living in a world where sustainability is becoming a significant driver of business decisions – and consumers are waking up to the reality that buying from companies that produce sustainably is the best way to build a better planet for themselves.
3D printing, better known as additive manufacturing in commercial terms, is an up and coming vertical that is constantly striving for innovation. Leading corporate as well as academic laboratories are working to help make the technology more sustainable.
It looks like a recent innovation in Asia might help users of additive manufacturing take a big leap forward in this sphere.
According to regional news sources, a team of Korean researchers led by professor Cho Nam-joon in Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University have found that sunflower pollen can be used to develop 3D printing ink material.
The process, once commercialized, will be of great value to companies in North America where production of sunflowers is booming.
In just the Canadian province of Manitoba, for example, the acreage allotted to planting sunflowers in 2020 climbed to about 36,400 hectares from roughly 25,500 in 2019. The US, on the other hand, alloted about 560,000 hectares or 1.38 million acres to sunflower production in 2021.
In most cases, whether for oil production or use of sunflower as a snack, it is the seed that is used. The pollen is a by-product and can easily be diverted to the production of 3D printing ink.
While we wait for scientists in Singapore to commercialize the process, other sustainable materials are available for additive manufacturing. To learn more, get in touch with our team now.