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STEP INTO THE FUTURE - 3D Printing as a Service at UNGSC

Submitted by nestola on 10 May 2024
10 May 2024

On May 3rd, the United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) opened the doors of its 3D printing service, to grant first-hand access to the transformative potential of this technology.  

More than 150 individuals converged to explore how this innovation is revolutionizing the production of spare parts for UN missions and shaping the future of sustainable practices within the organization. 


At the heart of this service lies UNGSC's web repository, a game-changer in facilitating access to 3D printing resources for UN staff worldwide. This repository houses a comprehensive collection of rigorously tested 3D files prepared for printing, eliminating barriers to entry, and streamlining the manufacturing process, while ensuring quality and reliability in every print. 


Committed to sustainability, UNGSC has implemented a zero-waste policy, leveraging a cutting-edge recycling machine to repurpose discarded materials. Through a meticulous process of shredding, drying, and re-spooling, the Centre produces its own filament, minimizing environmental impact while maximizing resource efficiency. Plans are underway to extend this further with a campaign to collect single-use plastic bottles onsite for conversion into filament — a bold step towards combating plastic waste and fostering a circular economy. 


At the forefront of innovation, the repertoire of printable materials is also expanding. For example, recent breakthroughs have enabled the printing of stainless steel—a development with profound implications for mission-critical applications requiring durability and resilience. 


The success of the open day underscores the growing enthusiasm and recognition of 3D printing's potential within the UN community. By harnessing technology to address pressing challenges and promote sustainability, UNGSC is paving the way for a more agile, efficient, and environmentally conscious future. 


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