Browsing "Recycling"

Researchers Create Solar Powered 3D Printer to Turn Plastics at Sea Into Furniture

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch may sound like something that inspired a series of 80’s trading cards for kids but it is actually the name for a swathe of plastic rubbish covering an area the size of Turkey in the North Pacific. Imagine the amount of recycling bins it would take to tackle something of that size. Then, realize that while The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is probably the most famous of the garbage gyres, it is not the only one. The North Atlantic and Indian Oceans also boast their own massive areas of debris.
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SEA CHAIR: Into the Gyre
by Studio Swine
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3D Re-Printer Concept – All-in-one Plastic Recycling 3D Printer

The ability to 3D print objects of all shapes, and many sizes, has enabled individuals to take at least some control of their lives away from the large manufacturers and corporations out there. We can now become the makers of what we consumer. 3D printing has been touted as a way to cut back on waste. Additive manufacturing is clearly a much better fabrication method than that of subtractive manufacturing. These new processes are certainly saving materials for the large manufacturers out there who may be printing in metals, or other materials instead of using milling techniques.
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Making A Legacy – 3D Printer Filament From Recycled Plastic

Our modern world has created a legacy, of sorts, but it’s not one we should be proud to call our own. It’s the legacy of creating a useful substance which has painful and environmentally unsound drawbacks – plastic.
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Wastestream to Mainstream – recycling into 3D printing
by Liz Havlin – Founder

The Legacy Filament Extruder Machine makes 3D Printer Filament out of recycled plastic
The „ink“ for 3D printers is a plastic filament that is continuously heat welded together through a computer controlled process to „print“ almost any 3-dimensionally shaped object.
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Ethical 3D printing begins with plastic waste pickers

Pick the right plastic off a refuse tip, then shred, melt and convert it into feedstock for 3D printers – it’s a living for some of India’s poorest people

WITH her small child in tow, a young woman trudges across the hazardous clutter of a vast, dusty rubbish dump in Pune, India, scanning for scrap to sell. This scene comes from the launch video of a social enterprise called Protoprint, but it is played out at waste dumps in developing nations across the world. Some 15 million people are thought to scavenge for saleable refuse. Protoprint’s scheme could soon improve the lives of some of these people.
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Turning waste into 3D-printing filament

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The life-changing promise of turning waste into 3D-printing material
(Quelle: Youtube / New Scientist)

OmNom Project’s „n0m II“ Turns Plastic Bags, Water Bottles, Utensils & Cups Into 3D Printer Filament

If you are like me, you cringe every time that you start up your 3D printer to print out any sort of large object. There is always that thought in the back of your head that if for some reason the 3D printer doesn’t do what it is supposed to do, you may end up wasting a ton of money on filament. With the introduction of low priced 3D printers, in the past several months, priced at under $500, just about anyone can now take up the hobby. However, if you can afford to purchase a 3D printer, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can afford to use it. Filament, the material used to print with, is just flat out expensive. Spools of filament cost anywhere from $20/kg up to over $50/kg.
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Running Test and Tune OmNomProject Before Makerfaire Video-2

A short video of OmNomProjects n0m-1 Running and winding filament using ABS pellets from We are taking baby steps to get n0m-1 working and tuned. Especially when n0m-2 and n0m-3 are not finished yet and wont be till after Makerfaire.
(Quelle: Youtube / Creative3DPrinting)

Jul 17, 2014 - 3D-Druck News, Recycling

Lösung im Kampf gegen Plastikmüll? – 3D-Druck geht jetzt auch mit Abfall

Inzwischen hat sich der 3D-Druck bei Bastlern und Early Adoptern etabliert. Die Geräte gibt es in den USA in den großen Supermärkten für einige hundert Dollar zu kaufen und ihre Preise sinken stetig. Unternehmen nutzen sie, um Bauteile zu drucken, Architekten fertigen ganze Häuser daraus.

Ein Problem hat die Technik bisher allerdings: Der Kunststoff, auch Filament genannt, aus dem die Printer im heimischen Wohnzimmer oder dem Bastelkeller Gegenstände wie Vasen, Tassen, Schmuck und sogar Schuhe drucken, ist meist neuwertig.
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