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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…

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…

3D Printing and Recycling in Space Among New NASA and Freelancer.com Design Challenges

It’s become obvious over the last several years that NASA loves a good contest. The agency is enthusiastic about crowdsourcing ideas and inventions from the general public through design challenges,…

Volkmann’s Additive Manufacturing Material Handling System Recovers, Screens, Returns Materials in Metal 3D Printing

Volkmann was founded in Germany in 1973, specializing in production automation consulting. Since then they have opened offices around the world, to include Great Britain, France, and the US. Volkmann,…

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…

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…

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…

Bionic Aircraft Collaborative Research Project Works to Increase the Efficiency of Aviation Resources through Additive Manufacturing

3D printing and 3D scanning technologies have been making major headway into aviation recently, and these uses are only set to expand. We have seen 3D printed airplanes before, used…

OmniDynamics Seeks Funding for Strooder Desktop Filament Maker

One of the most amazing things about 3D printing is that it is a disruptive technology. It is an alternative to mass manufacturing, allowing designers, inventors and makers the opportunity…

Emerging Objects 3D Prints with Recycled Tires

The team at Emerging Objects has a single-minded desire: to 3D print with new materials. They’ve worked with more traditional materials like PLA and resin, experimented on the known edges…

Now on Kickstarter: The Renegade 3D Printing Pen Prints With Plastic Bags and Bottles

I’ve gotten much better than I used to be in terms of remembering to bring my reusable canvas bags when I go grocery shopping now, but somehow I still keep…

NASA Awards Grant to Tethers Unlimited for Microgravity 3D Printer/Filament Recycler

Two of my favorite things to write about are outer space and recycling – so imagine how excited I am about recycling in outer space. Last year, we wrote about…

Precious Plastic’s Incredible Machines Recycle Plastic, Make Filament, and More

One of our greatest ecological challenges, in my estimate, is tackling the problem of plastic waste. The Earth simply can not sustain the levels of pollution generated by a material that can…

One Small Step for My Feet, One Giant Leap for Feetz: 3D Printed Custom Shoes, in the Real World

Some things never change: the sun rises in the east, sunscreen is always a good idea, Cleveland sports fans know “there’s always next year”, everyone we love on Game of…

Netherlands Leads the Council of the European Union from a 3D Printed, Recyclable Building

As humanity becomes more aware of the damage we’re doing to the environment, we are scrambling to find ways to fix it. There are more recycling options than ever before;…

Indigenous Community Protects the Environment While Learning About 3D Printing

In the central North Pacific Ocean, there is a giant floating patch of garbage known, appropriately, as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Mostly comprised of plastic waste, it was formed,…

Janine Benyus Issues Call to Green 3D Printing Sooner Rather than Later

If you are interested in the field of sustainability, you have most likely run across the work of Janine Benyus before. She is a natural science writer and author of…

3D Printing Game Changer: AlphaPura 3D Printer Promises to Turn Garbage into Useful Products

Let’s all face it. Planet Earth has been suffering for centuries from the wrath of mankind. We pollute this planet in more ways than one, and many of us do…

Inspiring with Wire & Waste: Studio Ilio Shows Us the Art of Recycling with Striking Furniture

Most of us try to do our part with everyday recycling, separating the milk jugs from the wine bottles, the Saturday morning cereal and that dinner party now a memory,…

ProjectSeafood: The Traveling 3D Printing & Recycling Lab Looks to Conquer Ocean Waste Within a Mini-van

Desktop 3D printers are capable of fabricating objects out of simple plastics — usually PLA or ABS — providing designers with the ability to take a concept, idea or model…

These 3D Printed Bottles & Cans Make Recycling a Bit Simpler

I remember back in grade school, when recycling first started catching on. This was a good 25 years ago, and we were at a time where people finally were beginning…