From turning aeroplanes into drinks cans to repairing broken parts instead of scrapping them, we must all consider how today's products can be effectively reused with minimal waste.
Remanufacturing is a circular economy approach that reduces waste and the carbon emissions produced to manufacture products and parts from scratch.
In contrast to recycling, it sees parts restored to their original functionality by replacing damaged or worn areas and provides other benefits including lower manufacturing costs and shorter lead times.
NMIS in collaboration with six other companies has created a low-cost remanufacturing solution that can extend the life of parts used within manufacturing by 120%.
The two-year DigiTool project focused on the remanufacture of dies, which are commonly used across industry to shape metal during production but are typically subject to high costs and long manufacturing lead times.
By developing a new framework combining additive manufacturing and machining, previously worn or damaged dies can be returned to “like-new,” condition.
Iain Bomphray, Director at the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre (LMC), a specialist technology centre within the University of Strathclyde's National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), talks about his team's work with carbon fibres.