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Special Issue "Sustainable 3D Printing for Smart Manufacturing and Production"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2023) | Viewed by 366

Special Issue Editor

Department of FWSD (Design & Manufacturing Lab), School of Technology, University of Thessaly, 41500 Gaiopolis, Greece
Interests: manufacturing; materials; processes; smart 3D printing
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Three-dimensional (3D) printing utilizing low-cost FFF material extrusion technology has become a topic of elevated interest in recent years from both academic and industrial points of view, with increasing importance within the digital manufacturing context. At present, many materials are used in the FFF material extrusion 3D printing, and their range is expanding rapidly. Recently, plastics, metals, ceramics, composites, and biological, nano, and green materials have been increasingly used.

Smart 3D printing can optimize 3D printing parameters to improve the 3D printed parts’ sustainability in terms of cost, time, quality, and energy, and can help to eliminate carbon emissions to the environment.

This Special Issue is dedicated to smart 3D printing issues for the low-cost FFF printers. The following issues are warmly encouraged for submission:

  • Sustainable additive manufacturing for FFF technology;
  • Sustainable 3D printing parameter design;
  • Sustainable design of experiments (Taguchi, CCD, BBD, grey, mixed);
  • Intelligent and deep learning studies for sustainable FFF 3D printing;
  • Energy optimization for FFF 3D printers;
  • Green and lean FFF manufacturing;
  • Smart 3D printing of textiles and other fashion applications;
  • Lightweight 3D printing structures;
  • Shape and surface optimization for FFF 3D printed parts;
  • Key parameters for sustainable 3D printing.

Prof. Dr. John D. Kechagias
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • sustainable 3D printing
  • smart 3D printing
  • additive manufacturing
  • fused filament fabrication
  • material extrusion 3D printing

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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