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Climate Disrupted: 3D Printing and a Circular Economy

In trying to prevent the total collapse of our natural ecosystem, we can work toward building a circular ecosystem of goods production and consumption. The goal of a circular economy…

Designer Julia Daviy Introduces Her Digitally Customizable 3D Printed Skirt

3D printing is moving ever closer to gaining a true home in mainstream commercial applications, thanks to the impact the technology is having on consumer fashion products such as jewelry,…

Eco-Friendly 3D Printing Using an Ecostruder, Recycled E-Waste and Solar Power

Electronic devices are a part of daily life for people across the world – laptops, smart phones, tablets, fitness bands, etc. They’re wonderful to have for many reasons, but none…

Cutting 3D Printing Costs with an Open Source Material Pelletizer

Good filament can be pricey, although the polymers the filament is made from aren’t that expensive. That’s the opening observation of a paper entitled “3-D Printable Polymer Pelletizer Chopper for…

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,…

Global Environment Concerns Support R&D for Plastic Recycling in 3D Printing

A recent series of major developments and events has created a new impetus for 3D printing plastic recycling. 3D printing of recycled plastics has multiple benefits, including lower costs and…

US Military Researches Water Bottle Recycling for 3D Printing in the Field

Every branch of the US military has been exploring 3D printing for a number of applications, finding it to be a useful technology for everything from day to day uses…

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Feed Your 3D Printer with Recycled Filament Courtesy of Felfil

If you have a 3D printer, chances are you have a lot of useless plastic lying around. Failed prints, bits of broken-off filament, supports, the strings of material that are…

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…

Using Trash to 3D Print a Path to Better City Living

At least ever since the birth of alchemy, the dream has always been to be able to turn something worthless and common into something valuable. I’ve been desperately casting about…

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…

Fishy Filaments Hooks Investors, Moves Forward with Recycled 3D Printer Filament from Fishing Nets

A good crowdfunding success story is a wonderful thing, especially when that success impacts more than just the business itself. Fishy Filaments was founded with a noble goal in mind…

3D Printed Surfboard is Good for the Environment

If you walk across any college campus, you’ll probably see several recycling bins piled high with plastic bottles. Most people barely notice those bins, looking at them only when they…

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Filamentive Addressing the ‘Reel Issues’ with Empty Filament Spool Return

The fundamental advantage of 3D printing is less waste, more efficiency. In desktop 3D printing, we can now buy recycled 3D printer filament, and even recycle our own filament at…

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Recycled 3D Printing Filament Without Compromising Quality

Gartner suggests that there will be 6.7 million 3D printers sold by the year 2020. Assuming that 50% of these printers are desktop, material extrusion (FFF) 3D printers, and each…

This Week in Science: A Look at Three 3D Printing Material Studies

3D printing is both an art and a science, and science is what we’re looking at today – particularly materials science. Every day we come across countless scientific studies having…

It’s a Big Week for 3D Printing Materials at RAPID 2017 and Around the World

We’ve been racing to keep up with the announcements rolling out of the RAPID + TCT show this week, as companies introduce new 3D printers, partnerships, software, and much more….

3D WASH Aims to Provide Clean Water Through 3D Printing and Recycling

There are a lot of issues in the world today revolving around water. All living things need it to survive, and it’s getting harder to find in consumable form thanks…

How 3D Printing Can Help Businesses Go Green

3D printing has a lot of potential impacts and uses in business. Prototyping to producing intermediates and making end use 3D printed parts are just some of the application areas…

Fishy Filaments Works to Save Marine Life by Turning Fishing Nets Into 3D Printer Filament

It’s impossible for most people to feel unmoved by images of dolphins, birds, and other marine life entangled in fishing nets, but it’s a tragedy that happens all the time….

UC Berkeley Students Develop Campus-Wide 3D Printing Filament Recycling Program

At the University of California Berkeley, nearly 600 pounds of plastic trash is generated every year – and while there are many contributing factors like plastic bottles, the school’s more than 100…

3D Printed Floating Christmas Tree Made from Recycled Plastic Highlights the Beauty and Fragility of Nature

I’ve been to London once, as part of a grad school class, and I loved the city even though I didn’t get a chance to see too much. I was only…

3D-Fuel Turns Trash into Treasure with New Landfillament 3D Printing Filament

We’ve covered many companies that have used their creativity and conscience to reduce not only the waste generated by 3D printing, but plastic waste overall. More and more companies are…

Teacher Cleans Up Tasmania’s Coastlines One Bit of 3D Printing Filament at a Time

While they may be the most obvious examples, it isn’t just plastic bags and bottles that clog the oceans and endanger marine life. There are also microbeads, those little plastic…