The landscape of material manufacturing has the potential for dramatic change as new design techniques (e.g. material genome) and new technologies (e.g. additive manufacturing) begin to scale to industrial production levels. As additive manufacturing reduces the needs for machining compared to conventional manufacturing, has the environmental impact of additive manufacturing been fully evaluated? How will the production of suitable feedstock for AM affect the environment? How will new technologies be scaled efficiently? How will disruptive technologies change the landscape of producing materials? What is the circularity potential for inputs and outputs of these new production routes? How can these systems be optimized? How does the massive scale-up of clean energy technologies affect process flow sheets and recycling (i.e. significant materials demand increases and the need to match the subsequent recycling processes/infrastructure).
Other REWAS 2019 Symposia include:
- Secondary and Byproduct Sources of Materials and Minerals
- Rethinking Production
- Cast Shop Recycling Technologies
- Education and Workforce Development
Proceedings note: There will be opportunities to submit to the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy for in-scope submissions (Lead: Dr. Julie Schoenung, UC Irvine).