NSF Workshop: Environmental Implications of Additive Manufacturing

October 14-15, 2014
National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA

Update 8/5/2015: The final report for this workshop can be downloaded here

Workshop Objectives
The objective of this workshop is to provide a forum for disseminating information and sharing ideas about the emerging technology of additive manufacturing (AM) and its impact on the environment and occupational health. The workshop will review the existing research on environmental impacts of AM; identify knowledge gaps and uncertainties that could help inform an agenda for future research; and expand the research community focused on these environmental and energy-use issues by bringing together researchers with diverse backgrounds (industrial ecology, energy and materials mass balance assessments, lifecycle analysis, and environmental risk assessment).

Workshop Overview
The first day of the workshop will provide an overview of AM and the environment, with sessions focused on AM processes; AM materials; vendors and markets; future uses; environmental implications; lifecycle issues; occupational health issues; and energy issues. The second day will allow researchers to discuss the issues raised on day one, with a focus on developing a research agenda to address uncertainties, emerging issues and other areas where more research is needed.

Intended Workshop Attendees
The intended workshop attendees will be:

  1. Established experts in and researchers working on different areas/aspects of AM; environmental effects of manufacturing; sustainable production; and industrial ecology
  2. Representatives from university faculties, private businesses, and environmental groups
  3. Representatives of government agencies (Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, National Institute of Standards & Technology, National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, and others)

David Rejeski Director, Science and Technology Innovation Program
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC
Email: david.rejeski@wilsoncenter.org

Yong Huang, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Email: yongh@ufl.edu

This workshop is supported by a collaborative research grant from the National Science Foundation (CMMI-1450529). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations from this workshop are those of the organizers and participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.