About "Design for Disassembly"
What is the context with 3D printing and Design for Disassembly?
That's what we're trying to figure out right now. The basic sustainability idea is to assemble things in such a way that disassembly can be done without much effort. We already know „Debonding on Demand“ from the dentistry, where, for example, adhesives can be dissolved again by a change in temperature. We want to transfer such functions to other industrial sectors, but we are still at the very beginning.
In terms of design, the possibilities of 3D printing will certainly play a major role, including offering a software capable of producing complex geometries and multi-material structures.
The precise application still seems to be a bit visionary...
In fact, we are at the very beginning of the development process of the application. Our main field, at the moment, is definitely biomedicine, especially in dental technology. In the dental field, regulatory requirements are high but not as strict as in other medical fields, so things developed rapidly here. You can get a dental prosthesis more easily approved than a new organ. In the longer term, of course, tissue fabrication and eventually 3D printed organs are our big prospect.