3D printing often produces a lot of plastic waste, since rarely something is perfect the first time it’s printed. This waste can be recycled and turned into creative, new printed-products by simply melting down the excess plastic.
Felfil Evo’s filament extruder was made specifically for this recycling process. The device allows users to produce new filament at home using wrong prints, plastic raw materials, or industrial pellets, and then print new designs from the recycled material.
Because Felfil Evo works with different types of plastics, it can also test new polymers. The traditional materials it supports are ABS, PLA, HIPS, TPU, and PETG, but users can also try personalized filaments made from other colored plastics of their choosing.
The video below features Felfil creating a filament that smells like coffee and resembles the color of coffee, using PLA and coffee beans.
The extruder is open source and has been designed to fit on any desktop for a 3D print expert or a first-time beginner. Using Felfil Evo, users can create filament in either 1.75mm or 2.85mm diameters by changing the extrusion nozzle.
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