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Experiments in Plastic Waste Recycling April 16, 2010

Posted by stuffilikenet in 3D Printing.
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“The idea behind the RepRap is that it can produce products based on digital files one can download from the Internet or on CAD models which can be created by the owner of the RepRap. This way of producing articles will reduce transportation cost and the 3D printing process is efficient in material use. The big drawback, however, is that when people start to design products themselves with CAD software, the chance of misprinting objects increases.  Misprints will result in waste. Next to this, lots of homes produce a giant amount of plastic waste. It would be very interesting to use these two waste flows to create new products.”

From Developing a plastics recycling add-on for the RepRap 3D printer, G.B. Braanker, J.E.P. Duwel, J.J. Flohil & G.E. Tokaya at Delft University of Technology. A pdf of their report is here.

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