The main target behind the AENIMAL project is to obtain ecological, environmentally sustainable bikes. A feasibility analysis was conducted to determine the most correct 3D printing processes and material. The result is the use of FDM technology combined with biodegradable, recycled and recyclable PLA biopolymers derived from renewable resources such as corn starch or sugarcane.
Measuring the impacts of the non-renewable energy use and comparing data between PLA and traditional polymers (like PET & PS), provides a good insight into how it performs. In the chart below, the latest PLA data is compared with the most recent industry data for European & American products as published by PlasticsEurope and APC respectively.
Charts and data courtesy of: