3D printed lighting: join the sustainability revolution

Manufacturing processes generate a significant amount of carbon emissions, but with new 3D printing tools Signify has streamlined and boosted the sustainability of lighting production

What happens when you need to buy new lighting solutions? For many organisations, this can be a bit of a slog. Finding the right colour and size match to an already existing building can be like finding a needle in a haystack and when you are successful you might also find that your solution is being flown all the way from the other side of the world.

Sourcing and manufacturing processes such as these can be costly, time consuming and unsustainable, requiring materials to be shipped across the world and there is often a degree of trial-and-error to find the right fit. Large-scale manufacturing processes are also often fixed –  making even a small change in the system can be incredibly costly.

However, 3D printed lighting solutions are out to change this process radically. Using 3D printing, Signify can offer a wider range of colours, textures and sizes to fit the needs of customers, producing tailored products for no extra cost.

Range of benefits

3D printing also offers a range of sustainability benefits. Using recycled materials becomes straightforward when utilising a 3D printer, allowing companies to offer waste material new life. Products can also be made with fewer components and with a high degree of ease of disassembly, meaning that they are more straightforward to fix and replace in the future.

The logistics of designing and producing lighting can be very complex, but with 3D printing products can be made-to-order locally to you. Using 3D printing can lower the emissions produced by supply and manufacturing by 76 per cent and decrease the emissions produced during the transportation of products by 28 per cent, supporting organisations trying to hit sustainability targets.

To find out more about how 3D printed lighting can cut costs and carbon, access Signify’s webinar, hosted by Bart Mayens, 3D Printing Lead, here.

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