Seattle entrepreneur is Turning old Soda Bottles into 3D Printer inkSubmitted by Chris Madcowski on Sun, 04/27/2014 - 13:51
"My passion for 3D printing comes from the belief that manufacturing makes jobs."
written by Dylan Tweney
Most consumer 3D printers use “ink” made of colored plastic line.
But despite the self-reliant and Earth-friendly bent of many 3D printing hobbyists, it’s surprisingly difficult to find 3D printing line, or filament, that’s made of recycled plastic — even thought the type of plastic used, ABS plastic, is easily recyclable from old plastic bottles.
Now a Seattle-based entrepreneur, Liz Havlin, aims to change that with a machine that turns recycled plastic into filament suitable for loading into any mainstream 3D printer.
Interestingly, the machine she’s building — which she calls the Legacy — is itself built using 3D printed parts. Designed by a Seattle experimenter named Hugh Lyman, the Legacy can be built with about $250 in parts. Together they are creating an open-source design that anyone can use to create their own desktop plastic recycling plant.