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)

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