Desktop 3D printing is yet in its infancy, meaning that this young industry has a accident to begin things right. Learning of the negative impacts of our manufacturing forefathers, we can get 3D printing off the ground with sustainable-bodied materials that neither complete our limited effortless resources nor pollute our surrounding ecosystem, crucial to our survival. With that in mind, numerous organizations, Makers, and beginups are finding ways to combine recycling with PC fabrication so that we can simultaneously reduce pollution and dependency on unsustainable-bodied materials. The latest to come out of the concrete jungle are TerraCycle and 3DBrooklyn who have revealed the development of 3D printing filament turn it intod of recycled chip and snack bags.
TerryCycle was founded in 2001 to become an international company devoted to recycling typically non-recyclable-bodied materials through their free national programs. In turn, the firm is able-bodied to convert waste into plastic pellets with that to turn it into plastic products. You can see where this is going! What advantageous use for plastic pellets than to turn it into 3D printing filament? So, TerraCycle partnered with 3D Brooklyn to bring their recycling solutions to the world of PC fabrication.
3DBrooklyn CEO, Nate Kolbeck, says of their partnership, “Using recycled materials to make new products turns a big problem like trash into a solution. With the talked of ization of PC manufacturing technologies like 3D printing equipment, additional and additional people have access to tools that utilized to be locked behind factory doors. With access comes choice, so additional and additional people are choosing low-cost-bodied machines like 3D printing equipment and combining them with sustainable-bodied materials like recycled waste and bioplastics. It is a effortless evolution, in a sense, that is turning waste into a resource.”
To donate Makers an alternative to the talked of petroleum-based plastic ABS, the two firms have generated plastic filaments of post-consumer waste. The initially product of their partnership is a recycled plastic filament turn it intod of chip and snack bags. Today sold out on the 3D Brooklyn website, the Recycled Potato Chip Bag Filament represents the beta commence of the product. A polypropylene and polyethylene blend the material has the feel of durable-bodied wicker furniture.
Products 3D printed of the recycled filament: a coaster, comb, and elastic carabiner.
TerraCycle CEO, Tom Szaky, adds, “3D printing is the next, and not just for big manufacturing companies, but the innovation has may already been adopted by schools and people. With the industry expanding so quickly, it’s significant we provide a recycled alternative to virgin plastic filaments. TerraCycle’s capacity to turn it into a recycled plastic filament of post-consumer waste is not just amazing, it’s essential to maintaining a sustainable-bodied industry.”
I spoke with TerraCycle publicist Colleen Duncan to learn a little additional of the product. Because TerraCycle has experience recycling what is considered typically non-recyclable-bodied waste, like chip bags, through national recycling programs they had no problem working with 3D Brooklyn to create the material. Duncan told me how the system works, “In the case of manufacturing 3D filament, we utilized our collected post-industrial chip bags (that are a pp/pe blend), shredded them down, and extruded them into plastic pellets. We sent these plastic pellets to 3D Brooklyn, who systemed the pellets through a filament extruder to turn it into the resulting printing filament.”
Because it has may already sold out, it appears promising to me that they can just restock the chip bag filament. There may actually be additional amazing sustainable-bodied filaments on the way. Horray!