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10 Responses to “Filabot: turn scrap plastic into 3D printer filament”

  1. Jean Baptiste says:

    Modified 1975 Rollerball lettering…

  2. Magnus Redin says:

    It would have been 100x as interesting with a video about how it works and is operated. The utility is obvious and the key know how are probably recognizing feedstock, washing it, quality testing the filament and how to neatly use feedstock with non-uniform properties and colours. And it would be very good if people stopped buing crap that cant be recycled.

    • Boris Bartlog says:

      Some of the feedstock should be pretty easy to recognize. PET, LDPE, HDPE – modern items made from those already have recycling symbols on them that tell you what kind of plastic they are.
      I agree that the video was useless, though.

  3. Diamond Age style matter compilers, here we come!

  4. Carlos Watson says:

    Next step: Mr. Fusion.

  5. Jason Campisi says:

    If a efficient one of these came with every 3d Printer, it would help push 3d Printing into the minds of Joe Sixpack. Instead of Recycle & Reuse, we could say, Recycle & Print.

    • rocketpjs says:

      I would be amazed and disappointed in Makerbot or someone else wasn’t already working on this as a partnership.  Whoever does will win the 3d printing startup race, or at least get a bit headstart.

  6. bcsizemo says:

    This isn’t really complicated.  Anyone that’s seen an extruder in action has the general idea of what’s going on here.  Grind up the stock, place in extruder heated to appropriate flow temperature for that type of plastic and force it through a die.  That works great when you are using raw/virgin plastics, but here you’ll need to wash/clean and probably dry anything before it goes to the grinder (and you might even need to pre-cut it to size…thinking like gallon milk jug sized stuff.)  That’s not really bad, but it is a lot more manual steps that are introduced.  That and I imagine the whole thing is much larger than any of the printers.

    On the super cheap DIY end of things you could hack together an extruder using some iron/steel pipe, a 12 to 24 inch arguer bit, various end caps, motor (with various pulleys and belts), and an arduino to control/regulate temp….It wouldn’t be pretty, but it should work-ish.

    • Luis Rodriguez says:

      Actions speak louder than words. Filabot was first. Better Future Factory does it but isn’t in it for money. Good luck to you.

  7. brainflakes says:

    It’s amazing how little information about the Filabot the video actually contains…