Perhaps the biggest complaint lofted at the nascent 3D printing industry is that, when it comes down to it, unless you’ve got a very special kind of robot, chances are your DIY object printing projects will be done in plastic. Still effectively the future, my boy, using the much-maligned synthetic solid is all-but unavoidable when it comes to most additive manufacturing. That’s not to say all plastics are bad—PLA, one of the two plastics primarily used in extrusion-based 3D printing, is derived from renewable resources including corn starch and tapioca—but they’re still a tough sell considering that only 23% of the 50 billion plastic water bottles Americans use every year are recycled.
Precious Plastic, a set of ‘plastic machines’ created for small-scale DIY plastic recycling aims to change all of that: created by designer Dave Hakkens of Phonebloks fame, injection, rotational, extrusion, and shredder, are four viable mechanical answers to the ever-contemporary question of, “What do I do with all this plastic?”
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