Kenniscentrum Techniek

3D printing with local residual products (plastic waste)


The HvA and the Amsterdam ArenA investigate how old stadium seats can be used as raw materials for new products which can be remanufactured using 3D printing.

3D printing is a paradigm change in how we are going to make products. The HvA and the Amsterdam ArenA are studying how local residual products such as old stadium seats plastic waste) can be used as raw materials for new products which can be manufactured using 3D printing.

Insight into techniques, processes and possible business case on how the waste can be collected and processed into raw material for the manufacturing of new products using 3D printing.

At present, there are several scenarios to provide the seats with a second life: redistribution, remanufacturing and recycling. Due to quality differences in the seats and cost differences within the scenarios, combining multiple scenarios is the best way to reuse the material.

This project wants to examine the existing tools that are suitable for making a comparison of the scenarios by measuring the ecological, social and economic impact and will provide knowledge for HvA and Better Future Factory on how the ecological, social and economic impact of reuse scenarios can be assessed. Hands-on, exploratory research will be used to examine the composition and homogeneity of the material, and different processing tests will be carried out at 3D4Makers (3D printing) and the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (presses).

In the run-up to UEFA Euro 2020, The Amsterdam ArenA (one of the most sustainable stadiums in the world) will replace all stadium seats and wants to do so in a socially responsible way.

This involves approximately 48,000 hard plastic chairs on metal frames and 4 to 5,000 more luxurious upholstered chairs in the corporate boxes and on the grandstands. Along with Desko, an innovation and design firm specializing in recycling of plastic waste flows, the HvA and the ArenA will examine the ways in which the seats can be reused while preserving the highest value as possible.

Amsterdam ArenA and HvA will explore one of the scenarios in collaboration with 3D4Makers , a company that works with (recycled) plastic filament for printers using Fused Deposition Modelling. The question is how the material of the stadium seats behaves with these processing techniques considering the impurity of the material.

Inge Oskam, professor Circular Design & Business

Marta Malé-Alemany, Head Lecturer in Digital Production

Yanti Slaats, researcher Circular Design

Liselotte van Dijk, project manager

Gepubliceerd door  Urban Technology 27 oktober 2022

Project Info

Startdatum 01 dec 2016
Einddatum 31 mei 2017