EVENT REPORT: Mid-American Melee August 2011
The Mid-American Melee — the first event hosted by the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) at Washington University in St. Louis — was a smashing success.
3D printing has become so good that the printed prototypes outlive their usefulness. Most of my 3D printed plastic prototypes serve their purpose for perhaps five minutes and then end up in landfills along with lots of empty filament spools. ABS plastic and even so-called biodegradable polylactic acid (PLA) will probably survive decades in the environment. Isn’t it time to find ways to repurpose this technology to decrease its footprint?