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Digital Collaboration Tool – DCT – is a digital meeting place, where you can find collaboration partners for eco-innovation. DCT is the right place for you, if you want to:
– be up-to-date with the latest solutions in eco-innovation,
– learn about solutions bringing measurable effects,
– find new, potential partners or customers,
– get in touch with new customers,
– more effectively involve customers

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ECOLABNET expertises

ECOLABNET offers special expertise for developing ecological product life-cycle starting from bio-based material development, product and service design, 3D printing, branding life-cycle assessment.

BIOBASED MATERIALS

According to European Bioplastics, the global production capacities of bio-plastics have increased from 1.4 million tons in 2012 to 2.05 million tons in 2017. Different 3D printing techniques require different materials. Already 52 % of the materials for 3DP are bio-based polymers; polyamide 11 (vegetable oils), TPE and TPS (rapeseed oil), when PLA (corn or sugarcane) being the most used. Commercialization of new materials require cooperation between RDI actors and industries.

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

Additive manufacturing covers various direct printing of 3D technologies. It is revolutionizing manufacturing technique as it brings production closer to customers, offers costs effective prototyping of products and manufacturing small series.

3D printing market is estimated to grow globally from 5,3 M€ in 2015 to 44 M€ in 2025 and the biggest growth is in aerospace, automotive, medical, electronics and consumer product markets.

PRODUCT-SERVICE SYSTEM DESIGN

Product-service system (PSS) design aims to satisfy customer needs in a competitive and ecological way. Service solutions support sustainable product life-cycle as well as serving customers with special expertise. Product solutions are designed to use less and ecological materials, reduce waste and support ecological use and disposal of the product. As a result companies can offer a holistic solutions to the needs of the customers through special expertises in design, technology and business.

ECO-BRANDING

Ecological products require professional branding in order to communicate the benefits of investments in sustainability to potential. Branding identifies true and meaningful factors for differentiating the company or product from the competitors, which are communicated to the customers in systematic and desirable way.

With suitable branding and communication of sustainable values of products on the markets, eco-innovations can pay back the investments in sustainability.

LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is used to evaluate environmental burden of systems. LCAs covers relevant components in a system through the wider scale of comparison criteria. LCA can be used in different stages of eco-innovation to find the most feasible solution both economically and environmentally and creates a base for labels for environmentally friendly products (EU Ecolabel, Blue Angel, Nordic Ecolabel, etc.)

Demonstrations about eco-innovations

Manufacturing companies collaborated with research, development and innovation experts in order to develop eco-innovations. Learn about the demonstrations throug videos and presentations.

Bio-based dental 3D printing resin 

Famous for its accuracy, dimensional stability and surface quality, it now incorporates high amount of bio-based components. You contribute to lowering the use of non-renewable sources when using this material in your dental lab.

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Bio-based 3D printed chocolate box

A present that feels good. A bio-based package with multiple functionalities and tailored for you by 3D printing. 


Optical 3D printied medical fittings made of bioresins

Bio-based material scientists, 3D printing researchers and companies work together on discovering functional bio-based materials for 3D printing. They developed extremely precise medical fittings from bioresings