3D Hubs is convinced that digital manufacturing through 3D printing will become the “factories of the future.” The idea is that by enabling consumer products to be made on-demand – and much closer to the point of purchase – waste can be eliminated, and overproduction and transport costs can be cut back.
Now 3D Hubs is looking forward again in their efforts to accelerate the trip to the future by opening up their first three recycling Hubs in London, Breda, and Boston.
It all comes down to what happens to failed prints. They say 3D printing has been branded as a way to reduce the impact technology and consumer products have on the environment, and this initiative focuses on the negative impact failed prints might have.
“Here at 3D Hubs, we want to stop this waste and change the way we produce things. As the biggest network for 3D printing we’re most likely also the biggest producer of failed prints,” says Filemon Schoffer of the 3D Hubs team. “3D printing holds great promise for a more sustainable way of manufacturing, so we thought it was about time to give those fails a second chance.”
He says the Recycling Hubs, equipped with both a Filamaker shredder and a Filabot extruder, will take failed prints from the community via a series of events, and then turn the waste into brand new filament which will ultimately make its way back into 3D printing community for re-use.
As a way to raise awareness for the campaign, 3D Hubs is kicking off REMAKE, and it’s a way for the 3D printing community to share their biggest 3D printing fails.
To make it happen, users can post a picture of a failed print as a comment here, or share a pic on social media with the #REMAKE3D hashtag.
The Hub with the most popular failed print will receive a fully recycled spool of filament produced by Refil, and the campaign will run until September 9th.
The mayors of the Hubs — @CharlotteJ in Breda, @AtomJaay in Boston, and @Charlotte @Cinter in London — will be tasked with opening up the first three recycling Hubs, and it will be their job to collect the failed prints of their community and turn the waste into brand new filament.
The group now has more than 21,500 3D printers in their worldwide network, spanning over 150 countries, and 3D Hubs offers an affordable, local and quick way to have your designs 3D printed and into your hands.
Will you enter a pic of any of your failed 3D prints in this contest from 3D Hubs? Let us know in the 3D Hubs Failed Print Contest on 3DPB.com.