The Circular Bioeconomy Cluster has partnered with Centria University in Finland on a new pilot project, called BIOPRINT, to use 3D printing technology and utilise locally sourced bio-based materials for sustainable manufacturing.

After a visit to Centria University in 2023, the CBCSW team saw the capabilities of 3D printing technology in action, an FDM printer was producing wood pulp based moulds for the local boating industry. After the visit, our respective teams explored the potential of 3D printing using bio-based material from both countries, how it will for transformative for cluster member companies and sought pilot scale funding to develop a foundational project. 

Why is the BIOPRINT project significant? 

The potential of 3D printing extends to the creation of replacement parts, contributing to the extension of product lifespans and nurturing a culture that values repair and longevity. BIOPRINT projects’ strategy is based on exploiting the transformative capabilities of 3D printing technology and utilising locally sourced bio-based materials for sustainable manufacturing. 

By strategically applying 3D printing technology locally, the project aspires to significantly boost the circularity of plastics and bio-resources in remote areas.

Creating new products from recycled or upcycled plastics, combined with bio-based materials such as fibres and fillers, opens up exciting possibilities for establishing entirely localised value chains that effectively mitigate the carbon footprint associated with the traditional linear production model. 

Furthermore, the project envisions establishing local closed-loop systems, where end-of-life 3D-printed products are systematically collected and recycled into fresh, functional prints representing circularity.

The project is funded by NPA-Interegg.