No doubt this will be all over all the technology and sustainable design sites, but it’s a great idea and worth talking about.
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.
In theory then, you can throw in your recyclable plastic stuff and use it to print up new things. The project is in the final stages of producing its first prototype units. They’re also starting work desiging a system that will print much larger things, potentially including portable shelters.
There is such incredible potential with a system like this. Recycling plastic, in particular drink bottles, is a brilliant idea. So much plastic junk ends up in waterways and landfill that could be repurposed quite easily with this sytem. It would allow for all sorts of design upgrades, trial and implementation of consumer products that can now be recyclable products. If possible, it could assist the move from petroleum based plastics to bio-plastics made from nut shells and such.
Instead of ordering or buying stuff that has to be shipped from overseas, you can download a design to use in a 3D printer at the local library, take your recyclable plastic in to make it, and Bob’s your Auntie’s live in lover. Less waste, less pollution, less transport miles. More opportunity for crafty people at home to start making and trying their own designs instead of relying on lawsuit hungry multi-national corporations.
What if we could design a portable solar power system that rental tenants could use to fit on the roof like a tv antenna, and just plug in to the switchboard? Or solar systems similar to those being implemented in Bangladesh, where people are bypassing old fashioned infrastructure altogether in favour of things like solar powered floating schools.