The environmental advantages of Massivit Large Scale 3D Printing

The visual communication, mannequin, and sculpting industries have long relied on traditional methods such as hand-sculpting, moulding, and cutting Styrofoam blocks with robotic arms for manufacturing. However, these traditional methods are associated with numerous drawbacks including the significant environmental impact, high levels of waste, and limited design complexity.

The adoption of Massivit large scale 3D printing technology in the visual communication, mannequin, and sculpting industries presents significant environmental, design, and cost advantages over conventional methods. We examined the advantages of Massivit’s large scale 3D printing technology over these conventional methodologies, with a special emphasis on the environmental benefits.

Less Environmental Impact

  • Reduced Material Waste: Large scale 3D printing reduces waste generated during the production process. Traditional methods involve subtractive processes such as cutting or carving materials away to create the desired shape. This can result in up to 50-70% of the raw material being wasted. On the other hand, 3D printing is an additive process where material is only added where it is needed, significantly reducing waste.
  • Lower Environmental Footprint: Styrofoam, commonly used in conventional methods, takes hundreds of years to decompose and is a significant contributor to environmental pollution. 3D printing materials, like resins and gels, are more environmentally friendly as they take less time to degrade.
  • Reduced Energy Consumption: Subtractive processes like cutting and carving require a substantial amount of energy. 3D printing, on the other hand, only uses energy where and when it is required for the printing process, making it more energy-efficient.

Improved Design and Production Capabilities

  • Complexity and Customization: Large scale 3D printing technologies allow for greater design freedom. They can create complex geometries, intricate details, and customized designs that would be challenging and time-consuming, if not impossible, with conventional manufacturing methods.
  • Consistency and Accuracy: With 3D printing, each product is created from a precise digital model, ensuring a high degree of consistency and accuracy. This is particularly important in industries like visual communication and mannequin production where consistency of brand image is critical.
  • Prototyping and Iteration: 3D printing technology also allows for quicker and more cost-effective prototyping and design iterations, enabling companies to bring their products to market faster.

Cost Efficiency

Although the raw materials for 3D printing such as resins or gels may initially appear more expensive than Styrofoam, the cost efficiency becomes evident when considering other factors:

  • Reduced Waste: As previously noted, 3D printing's additive process reduces the amount of waste produced, resulting in a more efficient use of materials.
  • Lower Transportation and Storage Costs: With 3D printing, products can be printed on-demand, close to their point of use. This not only cuts down on transportation and storage costs but also reduces the associated environmental impact.
  • Less Manual Labor: Automated 3D printing requires less manual labour than traditional manufacturing methods, potentially leading to further cost savings.

While the technology may require a higher upfront investment, the long-term benefits in terms of reduced waste, lower environmental impact, improved design capabilities, and cost efficiency make it a highly viable and sustainable alternative to traditional manufacturing methods.

If you want to explore 3D printing and how it can add value to your business, contact our team on for more details.


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