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Tyler McNaney’s Filabot Reclaimer grinds, melts, and extrudes waste plastic into 3D printing filament.

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.

The Filabot project has been mentioned in Popular Science and they got a nudge with a Kickstarter campaign. [via Ponoko]

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


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  1. John Reynolds says:

    Great idea, but I’m concerned about the toxic fumes that accompany melted plastic. How will those be contained, neutralized, etc?

    1. liquidbeef says:

      This thing sure is getting a lot of attention after the kickstarter ended. I would have happily pledged. :-(

      1. liquidbeef says:

        Not sure why that came out as a reply..

        Anyway, I don’t see why fumes from this would be any more toxic than those emitted from the 3d printer melting the very same plastic. As far as I know, theres nothing to worry about.