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Filabot: 3D Printing For All While Recycling Plastics

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 28, 2013

So you think that 3D printing is pretty cool, my friend? How about 3D printing that let you use clear food container film and other seldom-recycled plastics as feedstocks?

That’s what Filabot does:

Filabot is a desktop extruding system, capable of grinding various types of plastics, to make spools of plastic filament for 3D printers. Not only is it user friendly, but it is also environmentally friendly. The Filabot can process things such as: milk jugs, soda bottles, various other types of plastics, and bad prints, to make new filament for a future print. Filabot will bring the real power of sustainability to 3D printing, allowing for a one stop shop to make anything.

What sorts of plastics can Filabot turn into filaments? Hard and soft plastics alike, from food tray film to Legos and water pipes.

I can see a municipality investing in this as a way to deal with all the non-#1-and#2 plastic waste that up to now had been too expensive to recycle.

Filabot is being funded largely by Kickstarter and other means of crowdsourcing. If you want to get in on the ground floor, go here: http://filabot.com/supporters.php

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