3D Printing has been around for about 25 years, and like with any new technology it takes a long time before things get interesting for the consumer. Over the past 5 years the pace has picked up with recent developments such as the launch of Cube 3D Printer by 3D Systems, new Makerbot machine, as well as Botmill and Bits from Bytes printers all aimed at hobbyists and nearly consumers. One of the pitfalls for going full circle has been the absence of easy recycling in this world of home printing. With the help of the American Kickstarter program Tyler McNaney is building the very first home filament extruder. Which essentially enables the owner of a 3D printer to recycle old 3D prints as well as all kinds of other left-over products.
So what does it do?
Filabot is a 3D plastic extrusion system. For example mostly any type of recyclable plastic, such as milk jugs, detergent bottles, soda bottles, shampoo bottles, product packaging, and many more, can be processed through the Filabot to make usable 3D printing filament. This will allow for users to remake filament from an old print that is bad or not needed. The Filabot will grind, melt and extrude the plastic filament. It is a one stop shop for all the filament you could ever need.Plastic recycling and extrusion have been around since plastic was invented. How do you think the filament bought online is made? There are a few websites/ users that have started to develop this system, but none have brought it to the scale where it is simple and easy to use. The whole goal of the Filabot is to have a complete system that is affordable and reliable. Filabot right now is more then just an idea, we have tested our prototype system with great results. But we need your help! We need backers to help support the cause so we can make the best system possible. It is a bold and big idea but with your help we can create a device that helps user of 3D printers to become self-sufficient.
If like me you find this interesting go ahead and back-up these guys on Kickstarter.