3D printing has been all over the news for some time now, and it seems like every other day this rapidly developing technology is changing the world. Creating print-to-fit prosthetic limbs for a fraction of the price of previous models? Check. Building pre-fabricated homes in an extremely short period of time, and with an affordable price tag? Check. Use 3D printers to recycle the huge amounts of plastic waste we produce?
We might have a check on that, too.
The Filabot: Combining Recycling With 3D Printing
The way 3D printing works is fairly simple. You put a 3D image into your computer, and the computer sends that image to the printer. The printer will then build that image one layer at a time, using plastic filament instead of ink. When the printer is finished, you have a 3D replica of the image that was in the computer.
The idea of being able to use recycled plastic to make that filament, and thus to remove a huge amount of waste from landfills, is an appealing idea. It's why the Filabot was invented. This device allows users to take certain types of plastic, chop it up, and turn it into usable filament. Whether you want to use PET plastic, nylon 101, or polypropylene, the Filabot can take that plastic waste and turn it into something useful again.
Save Money, and Save The Planet
As 3D printing becomes more and more prevalent it's likely that the Filabot, and devices like it, will also grow in popularity. The ability to recycle your plastic at home, without any kind of middleman, is an appealing one. If you can turn that plastic into ornaments, toys, or even spare parts, then so much the better!