Today’s technology affords huge societal opportunities as well as opportunities to reduce our impacts through sophisticated control systems. Complex supply chains and intense processing, on the other hand, create trade offs that are challenging to model and understand. EarthShift Global’s experience in the semiconductor and electronics industries and its connection to leading researchers in these areas allows us to model the more complex systems to identify hot spots and show the societal benefits of a given technology. HP has relied on EarthShift Global to provide solid critical reviews of its LCAs and often refers vendors to us, knowing that we will be rigorous in our methods. Air Products has a close relationship with us, including partnerships in the LCA Capability Roadmap process, the AIChE Institute for Sustainability (http://www.aiche.org/ifs) and intern referral.
3D printing has the potential to change manufacturing of many types of products resulting in changes in the environmental, social and economic landscape.