Dec 20, 2015 | By Kira

Last weekend in France, leaders from nearly 200 nations worldwide came together to potentially change the course of mankind, temporarily putting historical, political, and cultural differences aside in order to reach a landmark agreement on fighting climate change. As a forward-thinking industry that has supported the reduction of energy use, manufacturing times, outsourced production and material waste from the beginning, 3D printing stepped up to be a part of the historic action, and even managed to get French President François Hollande’s attention and enthusiastic approval.

Much as the over 150 world leaders called on individuals worldwide, harnessing the power of the many to cut and eventually eliminate greenhouse gas pollution, French 3D printer manufacturer Dagoma and Twitter France, via Hobbynote, harnessed the power of social media and 3D printing technology to raise awareness about the historic conference and the issue of climate change in general.

Dagoma provided a Discovery200 3D printer and programmed it to 3D print the United Nations Climate Change Conference logo, COP21, live during the conference, using bio-degradable 3D printing filament. Yet in order to power the 3D printer, they called on Twitter users to use and promote the hashtag #COP21 as much as possible. The more tweets, the faster the 3D printer would work, and the more eco-friendly logos they could shoot out to spread this message of optimism, environmentalism, and the power of global/social collaboration.

The 3D printer powered away throughout the ten day conference, and as tens of thousands of #COP21 tweets came rushing in, it managed to 3D print 12 entire logos, at the speed of four and a half hours per logo. Twitter users could also follow-along live by sending a tweet directly to the @COP21 account, with the hashtag #COP21. An automatic-reply would generate a link where they could actually see this people-powered 3D printer in action.

Dagoma and Twitter France’s 3D printing scheme certainly did not go unnoticed. Not only did Twitter users step-up their hashtag game to activate the 3D printer, but French President François Hollande himself—a major advocate for climate change—showed up to check out the action, and even posed for a few pictures alongside the Discovery200 with a 3D printed COP21 logo in hand.

French President François Hollande holding up a 3D printed COP21 logo

“When we were offered the chance to lend a 3D printer for COP21, we did not hesitate for a second,” said Dagoma, a Lille-based startup 3D printer manufacturer. “From the very beginning of Dagoma, eco-friendliness has been an essential part of our philosophy. We only sell PLA, a bioplastic made from starch. It is a biodegradable material, based on renewable resources: corn, potatoes, and beets. It does not require the use of a heating plate or the addition of other materials. Energy consumption is therefore reduced by a factor of five. We will continue on this path and, as always, will continue to work with suppliers who are equally committed to the traceability of their resources and their responsibility to the environment.”

“The whole Hobbynote team is extremely proud to participate in this global event dedicated to the defense of the environment,” said Hobbynote, a social media marketing company who worked closely with Twitter France to pull of this global people-powered 3D printing feat. “Do like President François Hollande and discover this innovative and exclusive feature! Ready? Tweet!!”

As a result of COP21, nearly the nearly 200 participating nations agreed to adopt the first ever global pact to fight climate change, calling on the world to collectively cut and then eliminate greenhouse gas pollution while imposing no sanctions on countries that don’t. The final text commits members to keep global warming to well below 2°C, with the goal of a carbon-neutral world sometime after 2050.

Although 3D printing technology alone will not save the planet, nor will any single person, political leader, or even country, Dagoma and Hobbynote’s 3D printing Twitter exploit is inspirational proof that true power lies with the people. It is only through collaboration that we can hope to make a difference, and thanks to COP21, 2015 is our year to start.

This isn’t the first French event to use COP21 as a platform to promote the power of 3D printing technology for climate change action. Last week, Adidas and Parley for the Oceans revealed a brand new 3D printed concept shoe made from plastic ocean waste.

French 3D printer manufacturer Dagoma and Twitter France, via Hobbynote, harnessed the power of social media and 3D printing technology to raise awareness about the historic conference and the issue of climate change in general. Using the hashtag #COP21, users could power a Dagoma 3D printer, creating COP21 logos out of bio-friendly filaments throughout the historic ten-day conference. dagoma, hobbynote, twitter france, COP21, francois hollande, united nations climate change conference.



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