3-D printing is often described as “revolutionary,” “game-changing,” or “disruptive,” and there’s no doubt it has the potential to profoundly affect the way we design, produce, buy, and distribute goods. Its wide reach touches industries from aerospace and automotive to healthcare and consumer products. But when it comes to sustainability, the impacts of this technology are not yet well-known. This brief defines the landscape of sustainability opportunities and challenges related to 3-D printing, and offers recommendations on how companies can enhance opportunities while minimizing risks.

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