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The Business of Making 3D Printing Filament from Recycled Ocean Plastic

By turning trash into currency, The Plastic Bank hopes to turn the world’s expanding problem of plastic waste into a business opportunity for impoverished communities and countries.
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3D Printing from Recycled Ocean Plastic has printed the world’s first 3D printing filament from recycled ocean plastic. The video shows the journey of collecting the plastic from the shorelines of Alaska, the sorting, recycling and a successful print from HPDE which is a very difficult plastic type for 3D printing. Selecting a hard to print but commonly found plastic type was an important part of the Plastic’s for Change program.

The extruder technology was developed at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

The Plastic Bank is turning plastic waste into a currency in developing countries. A large part of The Plastic Bank’s life improvement program is to empower the world’s poor to become micro-recycling/manufacturing entrepreneurs by providing access to 3D printing.

All Alaska footage was courtesy of Dudes on Media for National Geographic. Song credit are U2: Beautiful Day. Editing and Vancouver filming was done by Shaun Frankson.
(Quelle: Youtube / ThePlasticBank)

Strooder 3D Printing Filament Extruder to Launch Kickstarter Project Tomorrow – Here are the details

Over the last 12-24 months, we have seen a drastic decrease in the price of consumer oriented 3D printers. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a decent FDM based 3D printer, consumers now have the option of choosing from one of many machines, all priced in the hundreds of dollars. This has led to a tremendous amount of interest within the market, and has allowed almost any middle class household, that wants a 3D printer, to obtain one without feeling buyer’s remorse.
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Recycling is a Must for Legacy Filament Extruder Project

Just a few days ago we told you about the Strooder and of the importance of functional filament extruders for the growth and development of the 3D printing consumer industry. For consumer 3D printing to have a beneficial effect on the world as a whole, filament recycling will be key. Recycling plastic is exactly what another filament extruder project is focusing on.
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Mai 11, 2014 - 3D-Druck News, Recycling

NASA Selects „Made in Space“ to Produce In-orbit Plastic Recycling System for 3D Printer Filament

The ability to 3D print objects in space has been one of NASA’s major goals in the last few years. In fact NASA is in the midst of working on several important projects which promise to take this amazing technology to new frontiers. 3D printing in space, with zero gravity, is an engineering problem which NASA has already been able to overcome. Unlike typical FDM printers which factor the workings of gravity into their schematics, NASA, with the help of companies like Made In Space, has come up with a way to deal with the various issues a printer may face when there is no gravity pulling the melted material down on top of the build plate.
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Apr 23, 2014 - 3D-Druck News, Recycling

3D Systems Teams With Urban Hubs For Innovative Recycling Network

The basic concept of nationwide recycling started in the 1980′s when towns began offering curbside recyclable pickup. Since then, the number of individuals that recycle has grown substantially, but at the same time, the urbanhub-1sheer number of plastic and aluminum waste has grown as well. This has left millions of tons of recyclable waste in landfills, on our streets, and in our oceans.
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Legacy Filament Extruder – Open Source Kickstarter Project Turns Trash into 3D Printer Filament

One of the biggest concerns about the expanding consumer based 3D printing market, seems to be with the large amounts of plastic filament being purchased, used, and then likely thrown into a land fill. Over the past legacy-featseveral months, we have seen many possible solutions to this growing problem, such as biodegradable plastics and alternate materials being used. One Seattle woman by the name of Liz Havlin, has recently teamed up with designer Hugh Lyman, to introduce their solution to this growing problem.
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