Everyone in the world is going green and understanding the importance of biodegradable materials, so why should you be left behind? When it comes to recycling 3D printed materials, there are several solutions available to us.
Let us understand the importance of recyclable 3D printed materials and discuss the 3 best solutions for the same.
Using ABS materials
Also known as Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, this material’s ability to melt and get recycled again has made it the most favoured choice amongst the 3D printing lovers as well as Makerbots. Although ABS is produced by using oil and other chemicals, it can be recycled. There are many companies that can collect your old prototypes and sheets. Thereafter, the materials are regrinded and made into products like plastic decks, furniture, carpets etc. You can also find someone in your area to collect the unused prototypes.
Using glass materials
When it comes to Prometal and Vitraglyphic glasses, the recycling becomes quite a possibility. Glass materials can can also be recycled at home. Although it is possible to recycle a glass, it can take up a lot of energy to do that. By 3D printing, the left over glass can be used in the best way. However, there is lack of machines that offer glass 3d printing and the prototypes turn out to be quite fragile so people tend to prefer it less as compared to other materials.
Take help from Recyclebot
Recyclebot is nothing but an eco-friendly robot that turns your household trash into a 3d printing friendly material. Several companies are trying to come up with these magical robots that take care of all the recycling by sorting the trash materials. So whether it is a milk bottle or something else, it can be turned into a recyclable 3D printing material in no time. Isn’t that great? You can now recycle things at your home on your own!
The above 3 solutions are being worked upon by several firms even if they are encountering some technical difficulties. Let’s hope that they are resolved soon and we are able to find out more tangible solutions for recycling 3D printed prototypes and materials.