Carbon Footprint Assessment of Additive Manufacturing: Flat and Curved Layer-by-Layer Approaches

  • Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu
  • Savalani Monica Mahesh
Part of the Environmental Footprints and Eco-design of Products and Processes book series (EFEPP)


This chapter describes and discusses the carbon footprint assessment of two additive manufacturing (AM) processes. The first process is the fused deposition modeling (FDM) process. The second process is the curved FDM process which is a process that has been adopted from the FDM process itself to overcome the stairstepping effects of the traditional layer-by-layer processes. The focus of this study is to explore the carbon footprint of both the technologies and its implications.


Flat layer-by-layer Curved layer-by-layer Carbon footprint GHG emissions Waste Material consumption Electricity Nozzle 



We would like to thank the Hong Kong Polytechnic University for supporting this project under the code G-YM77.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu
    • 1
  • Savalani Monica Mahesh
    • 2
  1. 1.SGS (HK) LimitedHong KongChina
  2. 2.Department of Industrial Systems and EngineeringThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongChina

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