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August 21, 2014 AT 9:45 am

DIY 3D Filament – Edward Clifford’s FilaFab Desktop Filament Extrusion System from the UK #3DThursday #3DPrinting

Today on Adafruit’s weekly live 3D Hangouts, we will be sharing a guide and video featuring DIY 3D printing filament and print recycling. Here’s a quick roundup of other DIY 3D Filament stories that caught our interest to whet your appetite!


Last summer, Edward Clifford launched a crowdfunding project in the UK for the FilaFab Desktop Filament Extrusion System. This project boasts faster speeds and lower power consumption that many of the other approaches to date. FilaFab now offers both a Mini and a Pro grade filament extruder. Check out videos of the documentation and spec sheets to learn more!

From the Kickstarter project page:

I have been developing a low cost plastic extrusion system for many months now and am nearing completion. I have designed, built and improved several prototypes and am now in the final stages before completing a production unit – that’s where you come in! I need your help so that I can specify parts and buy them in large enough quantities to allow for a low cost production unit.

The machine is primarily designed for those people who have a 3D printer at home and need a supply of filament. You can recycle old designs that didn’t work out, use scrap plastic you can get your hands on or purchase plastic pellets, colorants, additives and mix up your own master batch. I am in contact with manufacturers of PLA and ABS pellets and am in the process of securing a supply. (read more)

From the FilaFab site:

FilaFab Mini – Low cost and compact desktop plastic extruder kit

  • Put in plastic granules and make your own plastic filament
  • Produce filament for your FFF 3D Printer
  • Recycle plastics and old creations to re-supply your printer
  • Dramatically reduce the cost of printing
  • Produce filament for your 3D Printer anytime
  • Don’t be deceived by the name, this powerful, robust and all metal machine is based on our proven extrusion technology to provide performance at an affordable price.

(read more)

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