The Impact Of Waste On Design And Manufacturing On The Nature And Future Sustainability Of Practices Considered Modern By Contemporary Standards

1955 Words May 2nd, 2016 8 Pages
This essay examines the implications of waste in design and manufacturing with regard to the nature and future sustainability of practices considered modern by contemporary standards. Practices, such as CNC (computer numerically controlled) machining and additive manufacturing such as 3D printing, are the benchmark for modern manufacturing; 'In the domain of manufacturing, computer numerically controlled (CNC) technology is a major contributor to the production capacity of the enterprises...resources can be utilized interchangeably in a plug-and-produce manner. ' ("Strategic advantages of interoperability for global manufacturing using CNC technology," 2007). This ease of use and flexibility is a serious attraction to any major manufacturers for cheap and precise products, however both methods have serious issues with waste management, whether it being due to the nature of the method or the materials themselves. Consequently, with these ideas in mind it is important to consider for modern design practice whether these methods are in fact advantageous to sustainability or detrimental by nature. They promote design for the masses but without serious consideration they could cause massive amounts of careless waste.
3D printing already represents a sizeable portion of present additive/modern manufacturing and will only grow with time due to the ability to make either incredible artistic forms,products that are essential to a modern designer; 'Additive manufacturing…

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