Conquer the Waste Stream: Three 3D Printing Startup Ideas to Save the World

We’re seeing more and more 3D printing research projects use waste material or recycled polymers to make goods. Designers and makers are also exploring using waste as an input for…

Researchers Make Kinetic Structures Out of Plastic Bottles, Linear Actuators, and 3D Printed Connectors

Last spring, we heard about an intriguing research project out of Germany’s Hasso-Plattner Institute (HPI), called TrussFab. The integrated, end-to-end 3D software system made it possible to design sturdy, large-scale structures, and then…

Comparing 3D Printed Parts Made with Virgin and Recycled PLA

While 3D printing continues to grow in leaps and bounds, it still creates a lot of waste, due to removed support structures, disposable prototypes, failed prints, and multiple iterations. Luckily,…

3D Printing Material News: BigRep Releases Flexible Filament, Army Researchers Using Recycled Plastic as 3D Printing Feedstock

In order to 3D print high-quality parts, you need high-quality materials with which to make them. Berlin-based technology startup BigRep develops and manufactures some of the largest 3D printers in the world,…

Saving the Planet and Its People with 3D Printing in 2017

With each year that goes by, it gets more and more important to do whatever we can to help our environment, save wildlife and prevent climate change, not to mention…

Re:Purpose for Good Pursues Several Good Causes at Once with 3D Printed Prosthetics Made from Recycled Plastic

3D printing can be used to benefit the world in many ways, and thousands of caring people have dedicated their time and energy towards working with the technology to help…

The Refabricator Will Be Recycling Plastic and 3D Printing Onboard the ISS Next Year

In 2015, NASA awarded Washington-based technology firm Tethers Unlimited, Inc. (TUI) a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to continue developing its Positrusion Recycler, which recycles plastic waste into 3D…

HPI Researchers Develop TrussFab 3D Software to Design Strong Structures Using Plastic Bottles and 3D Printed Truss Connectors

When I was in high school, I spent most Saturday nights in the gymnasium with my fellow band friends, playing in the pep band for the basketball games. Since we…

3devo Introduces SHR3D IT at RapidPro to Complete the Plastic Life Cycle in 3D Printing

RapidPro 2017 is off to a great start this week in the Netherlands as the Benelux region comes together to celebrate “prototyping, (low volume) production and product development,” with a big…

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