Sustainable 3D Printing With Recycled Carbon Fiber
Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, USA
Grand Ballroom D
12:00 - 12:20
• Vartega will highlight how additive manufacturing and sustainability work hand in hand to improve product design and reduce lifecycle impacts. Materials and case studies will be provided to demonstrate the benefits of recycled carbon fiber in 3D printing. An overview of the newly formed Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing Infrastructure Development and Education (AMIDE) Alliance will also be presented.
Andrew Maxey founded Vartega to develop superior carbon fiber recycling processes and thereby drive sustainable and widespread carbon fiber adoption. Prior to Vartega, he served as Vice President, Engineering at CO2Nexus, a clean technology start-up in Colorado. During his tenure, Mr. Maxey advanced technology for textile processing in commercial, industrial, and clean room applications. His areas of focus included solvent filtration and purification processes, research and development, equipment design, automation, heat transfer, and thermodynamics. Mr. Maxey also has experience in oil and gas processing, HVAC systems, and human powered transportation technology. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Vartega is a technology development company specializing in the creation of advanced materials including carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastics for applications in additive manufacturing, sporting goods, consumer products, automotive, aerospace, and wind energy. Through the use of its patent pending recycling process, Vartega offers strong and lightweight carbon fiber at a fraction of the cost of virgin carbon fiber enabling the proliferation of carbon fiber for product lightweighting and performance improvements.