The project was born after careful research on the use of polylactic acid (PLA) in additive manufacturing. In fact, from the data that emerged it was possible to deduce that the PLA used in digital manufacturing is biodegradable but not compostable. Consequently in Milan, as in other cities and states, the PLA doesn’t find a place within the recycling systems, therefore, it must be thrown into the unsorted waste container, with consequences that are still little known but certainly harmful to the ecological footprint.

Superforma has set itself the goal of creating a system within the world of digital craftsmanship that recycles and encourages the use of recycled PLA by focusing on the exchange of knowledge, inclusiveness and replicability. To make this possible Superforma has connected different realities, between institutional and private entities, present in the panorama of Milanese digital manufacturing, to which it has supplied containers made specifically for the collection of waste. After that, SuperForma has equipped itself with an environmentally friendly logistic system for the transport of waste to the laboratory, where it is processed through technological systems that allow to bring back to life the PLA that should be discarded. At the end of the processing phases, Superforma returned an agreed quantity of recycled PLA to the territorial partners, thus making it possible to convert it into an eco-sustainable key.

SuperForma puts the reusable PLA back into circulation by practicing recycling and, by practicing exchange, is committed to supporting partners in the transition to a circular model.
The project is based on the exchange of knowledge and community management of recycled PLA, focusing on the ecological sensitivity of those who make it up, the combination of innovative openness and local roots becomes possible.

The need to create less anthropocentric and more environmental-friendly speech-generating imagery arises from current environmental conditions and the global economic system. In a context of large-scale use of the 3D printer, it must be taken into account that the recycling of plastic materials in the use of this technology continues to be a new and developing theme today. Despite the implementation of 'green' practices in the use of 3D printing, which is by nature more sustainable than others, recycling is a little consolidated practice by the companies that use it.
The model based on the circular economy is presented as a solution to the generation of waste and the intensive consumption of raw materials, in which the establishment of closed production systems, the reuse of resources and the lengthening of the life cycle of products can lead to to a transition to a sustainable economy.

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