6th Campaign “Boost circular economy through Additive Manufacturing”

For decades, society is confronted with an ever-increasing demand for resources and energy, and consequently steadily increasing waste. The proper handling of resources, the design of production processes, and the use and reuse of products and related materials require innovative concepts across the entire value chain.

Additive manufacturing can play an important role in this systemic challenge, providing potentials for radical innovation and solutions for a circular economy.

We plan to focus on the following fields of interest:

Process and Material Design

  • use side streams
  • degradable and recyclabel materials
  • biomaterials

Design for Eternity

  • traceability, separabilty
  • integration of intelligence
  • .

Design for Repair and Re-use

  • disassembling & recycling
  • repairabilty and modularity
  • directory of reusable parts and materials

Questions to be discussed at the workshop:

  • Is material recycling through additive manufacturing sustainable and economical?
  • Are there materials that are predestined for recycling through AM? (e.g. titanium, organic materials, etc.)
  • Does AM shorten supply chains and enable localized production?
  • Does AM support the circular economy in the context of digitalization?
  • Are material savings through a digital inventory and additive manufacturing realistic?
  • Is on site repair with AM in the near future possible?

In our workshops (2 dates), you will discuss and develop needs and ideas in interdisciplinary teams together with experts from the Innovation Boosters Additive Manufacturing and Applied Circular Sustainability on how additive manufacturing can make an important contribution on the way to a circular economy.

The best ideas will be funded for further work with up to CHF 25k

1st day: Challenge Framing

Sustainability through circular economy (CE)
The role of additive manufacturing in CE
Understanding the problems
Defining Challenges

Tuesday, 28th of March 2023; 10:00 – 17:30
Proof of Concept Lab
Lagerplatz 24, 8401 Winterthur

2nd day: Ideation

Developing ideas
Solution Finding


Tuesday, 2nd of May 2023, 10:00 – 17:30
HES-SO Valais- Wallis
Rue de l’Industrie 21. 1950 Sion

Ideation Platform:

+41 32 531 00 50

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