Ever since the launch of their successful Kickstarter campaign for The Felfil project, Felfil (situated in the city of Turin, in northern Italy) has been focused on creating quality filament but also reducing the impact of 3D printing on the environment. Now, they are releasing the Felfil Spooler, a new mechanism meant to accompany and further support Felfil Evo, an open-source filament extruder that allows for recycling and reuse of 3D printing materials.
Felfil Spooler (as the name would aptly suggest) makes life easier for the user as it automatically wraps extruded filament around the spool:
“The system is very simple: once Felfil Evo, the cooling fans (part of the Spooler) and Felfil Spooler are placed one beside the other, and the extruded filament is inserted through the supports, the spool begins to wrap,” explains the company in their recent press release sent to 3Dprint.com.
Even better performance in extrusion is promised with this new device, also outfitted with a filament diameter control system, which can be set for varying thickness. The Felfil development team recommends the spooler for all users 3D printing with ABS, PLA, and PETG, especially those interested in upgrading their extrusion systems—as well as research centers and laboratories, and other industrial companies.
Presets can be used for more common printing materials but custom settings are also available on the device for users trying out different printing materials.
Environmental concerns abound within the 3D printing industry; in fact, as the technology hit the mainstream amidst excited proclamations regarding the magical qualities and revolutionary expectations, questions regarding the impact on the environment began to arise almost immediately.
Whether you operate a 3D printer in an industrial setting or at the desktop, even during the excitement of your first forays into fabrication, you probably became worried about what you were inhaling as hours of printing went by—especially if the hardware was situated in your home or workshop. Multiple studies have emerged regarding particle emissions and toxicity, and effects on indoor air quality, and questons continue to be answered on this topic as research is ongoing.
Recycling is of major concern also, globally, as failed prints could lead to a lot of excess plastic waste piling up. Many different mechanisms have since been created for recycling, and even NASA has been considering how to handle the issue in space. Companies like Felfil have offered a continued dedication to recycling of prints and filament waste, offering streamlined systems for 3D printing users. Find out more about their products here, along with purchasing info for the Felfil Spooler below:
Felfil Evo is sold in pre-order through the official website, at a special price until June 30, 2019: €449 for the Spooler only, €999 for the Bundle which includes both Felfil Evo and Felfil Spooler. Shipments are scheduled to start on July 15th.
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[Source / Images: Felfil]
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