Category Archives: recycle

3D printing, the Masterspool, and a bid to scrap plastic waste

This week UK scientists advanced the serendipitous discovery of a PET-G eating enzyme that could break down dumped plastic bottles. Just a month after Rich Horner made headlines for his documentation of a Sea of Plastic off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, the mutant enzyme shows promise for degrading the world’s junk problem. As an industry built on […]

re:3D launches Kickstarter for Gigabot X its greenest 3D printer yet

re:3D, a large format 3D printer provider headquartered in Houston, Texas, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its latest machine – the Gigabot X. Adding to the existing Gigabot family, the Gigabot X is a “cheaper, faster, & greener” solution using pelletized feedstock, and marks the company’s “first step at creating a truly affordable, large-scale […]

Goodyear 3D printed tire gathers moss for cleaner air

Goodyear has developed a 3D printed concept tire designed as a solution to rising pollution levels in our cities. According to Chris Delaney, President of Goodyear Europe, Middle East and Africa, “With more than two-thirds of the world population expected to live in cities by 2050, the demands on transport networks in urban environments will […]

3D printing champions sustainability in Optomec LENS machine repair at RIT

One of the fastest growing areas of application for additive manufacturing is in spare parts and repair. Aerospace giants, i.e. Airbus and Boeing, SIA Engineering Company and smaller units like Ohio’s Airborne Maintenance & Engineering Services prove that the technology is invaluable to the aerospace sector. Other areas, including logistics and communications, marine & offshore, and automotive, are also introducing […]

UCalgary takes 3D printing “From Colon to Colony”

Space is the ultimate test of survival. With few resources beyond Moon dust and regolith, astronauts must prepare all the necessary kit for month long expeditions ahead of time, and recycle as much waste as possible. One well known fact of recycling aboard the International Space Station (ISS) is that there is a system that […]

OECD say 3D printing will replace traditional machining within 10 years

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has highlighted the potential environmental impact of 3D printing in its report The Next Production Revolution: Implications for Governments and Business. The report makes a bold claim that, “The next five to ten years will probably see 3D printing supplant much (perhaps even most) machining of parts”. […]

EU launches €2.7 million car and construction project for recycled 3D printer materials

The European Union has a launched a research project for the creation of 3D printable car and construction feedstock. Monitored by the Italian University of Perugia, the …

Sea Chair – ein Solar 3D-Drucker säubert unsere Meere

Azusa Murakami und Alexander Groves sind das Studio Swine. Gemeinsam entwickeln sie einen solarbetriebenen 3D-Drucker zum Recyceln von Plastik. Mit ihrer Kickstarter Kampagne sammeln sie die notwendigen Mittel für eine Forschungsreise mit ihrem Solar-3D-Drucker. Der Kunststoff stammt dabei direkt aus dem Meer. Die Weltmeere leiden unter der starken Verschmutzung von Plastik. Mit der “Sea Chair” Projekt soll […]

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3D Re-Printer Recycles Plastic Bottles into 3D-Printing Materials

( — Designers Yangzi Qin, Yingting Wang, Luckas Fischer and Hanying Xie have created the 3D Re-printer. The machine recycles plastic bottles and converts them into raw material for 3D printing. The 3D Re-printer hasn’t been publicly released yet. However, the designers revealed details of its basic functions. “Plastic products and waste material are part… View Article