3D Printing

Press Release: Can 3D Printing Go Green?

Introducing the first international forum on sustainable 3D printing at swissnex San Francisco.

San Francisco, CA – Some call it the new industrial revolution: the phenomenon of home manufacturing, including 3D printing, rapidly becoming accessible to anyone and everyone. Millions of people are now building what they want whenever they want it and innovation is moving at lighting speed. As rapid prototyping reaches our desktops, however, waste is piling up.

To explore solutions, the first international forum on sustainable and ethical 3D printing takes place May 2 – 4, 2013, organized by swissnex San Francisco, swisscleantech, and StartupNectar. The goal is for audiences and experts alike to discuss incorporating recycling, sustainable, and compostable materials (biomaterials) into 3D printing and also to emerge with a five-year roadmap to drive the industry in a sustainable and ethical direction.

The international dialogue continues when the forum travels to Bangalore, India, Shanghai, China, and Switzerland between June and November, 2013.

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3D Printer by Type A Machines


Event Schedule

Thursday, May 2: The Ethics and Sustainability of 3D Printing

Conference and panel discussions about the promise of biomaterials in 3D Printing. With the Swiss Centre for Efficiency, DIY artist Roman Jurt from the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), the Swiss company BioApply, Autodesk, Biomimicry 3.8, Mango Materials, Type A Machines, swissnex India, and Jeremy Faludi of the University of California at Berkeley.

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Friday, May 3: Sustainable 3D Printing Summit

Invited experts from cleantech and home manufacturing companies join academics and government representatives for a planning session. Jay Ogilvy, co-founder of the Global Business Network, facilitates the scenario-based workshop with the goal of drawing a five-year roadmap for the home manufacturing industry, ensuring its sustainability while maximizing the fast-prototyping possibilities it offers.

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Saturday, May 4: DIY Biomaterials: A Factory in Your Kitchen

Afternoon workshop teaches people of all skill levels how to produce, recycle, and print in 3D with biomaterials. Three-part workshop by Prof. Maurice Th. Jutz from the Swiss Centre for Efficiency, Ronald Miloh Alexander from Type A Machines and Noisebridge, and Roman Jurt from the Zurich University of the Arts.

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swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St
San Francisco, CA 94111

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swissnex San Francisco

swissnex San Francisco is an initiative of Switzerland’s State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), managed in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs as an annex of the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.

A public-private venture, we are part of a network of outposts in Bangalore, Boston, Shanghai, and Singapore. Along with individual science and technology counselors around the world, we work on behalf of Switzerland to expand education, research, and innovation. Vital financial support is provided by donors and sponsors sharing swissnex San Francisco’s commitment to connecting the dots.


swisscleantech advocates for a sustainable and liberal economy. It unites the various forces pushing towards Cleantech in Switzerland.
The objectives of swisscleantech are to promote the country as a leader in Cleantech and thus contribute to an international, sustainable development.
swisscleantech was created in 2009 by Nick Beglinger, Christian Häuselmann, Betrand Piccard and the Foundation for Global Sustianability.


StartupNectar specializes in incubating business ventures that are informed by biomimicry—the process of studying and emulating nature’s effective designs to drive product and service innovation. They are building an incubation process that enables ventures to succeed in the marketplace by creating conditions conducive to life, modeled on nature’s most enduring designs.
Their vision is to co-create a resilient, adaptive, and thriving economy inspired by nature’s best strategies. The StartupNectar ecosystem of industry mentors, investors, and biomimicry specialists works closely with each cohort during the selection, incubation, and evaluation stages of growing an idea into an investment-grade venture with a clear path to market.

Press Contacts

Media contacts:

  Florencia Prada, (415) 912-5901 x118, Email

  Megan Williams, (415) 912-5901 x110, Email


  Johann Recordon, (415) 912-5901 x139, LinkedIn