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Seattle entrepreneur is Turning old Soda Bottles into 3D Printer ink

Seattle entrepreneur is turning old soda bottles into 3D printer 'ink'

"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.


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Absolutely brilliant.

One man's trash is another man's treasure...

so they say.

Michael Nystrom's picture

That is pretty awesome

So's your new name - Cuddleupski. I'd like to cuddleupski to you some time.


There's no e darn it! ps when are you going to tour the Makerbot

3d printer store in your fine town?

we demand video.


Tweeting occasionally as his best friend @cracky4prez on the twitter.

Michael Nystrom's picture

There is something fishy going on here

with the disappearing e. I saw an e.


End of story.

There was an e. I know what I saw.

With that out of the way, I had no idea Makerbot had a store in Boston! How did that escape my radar? I have, btw, been to the Makerbot store in Manhattan, and even had a 3d version of my head printed:

Here is an animated version (kind of):


Maybe, maybe not. In real life ppl see a 'w' that isn't there.

Cool 3D head btw...

Tweeting occasionally as his best friend @cracky4prez on the twitter.