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RepRapable Recyclebot: Open source 3-D printable extruder for converting plastic to 3-D printing filament

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  • Aubrey L. Woern, Joseph R. McCaslin, Adam M. Pringle, and Joshua M. Pearce. RepRapable Recyclebot: Open Source 3-D Printable Extruder for Converting Plastic to 3-D Printing Filament. HardwareX 4C (2018) e00026 doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ohx.2018.e00026 open access
    • Just the code: OSF
    • FreeCAD users: On the OSF link above the entire assembly is available in the STP file. Open it in FreeCAD and pick what part you would like to modify, export it as .stp, and you will be left with just the part you need. Once you have that, you can save it as just about anything.
    • Smaller FreeCAD 55 MB version - compliments of Marcin at Open Source Ecology - removed all the nuts and bolts and screws
    • Please note that all the instructions are in the HardwareX article above

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Open Source Ecology Improvements[edit]

Abstract[edit]

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In order to assist researchers explore the full potential of distributed recycling of post-consumer polymer waste, this article describes a recyclebot, which is a waste plastic extruder capable of making commercial quality 3-D printing filament. The device design takes advantage of both the open source hardware methodology and the paradigm developed by the open source self-replicating rapid prototyper (RepRap) 3-D printer community. Specifically, this paper describes the design, fabrication and operation of a RepRapable Recyclebot, which refers to the Recyclebot’s ability to provide the filament needed to largely replicate the parts for the Recyclebot on any type of RepRap 3-D printer. The device costs less than $700 in mate rials and can be fabricated in about 24 h. Filament is produced at 0.4 kg/h using 0.24 kWh/kg with a diameter ±4.6%. Thus, filament can be manufactured from commercial pellets for <22% of commercial filament costs. In addition, it can fabricate recycled waste plastic into filament for 2.5 cents/kg, which is <1000X commercial filament costs. The system can fabricate filament from polymers with extrusion temperatures <250 °C and is thus capable of manufacturing custom filament over a wide range of thermopolymers and composites for material science studies of new materials and recyclability studies, as well as research on novel applications of fused filament based 3-D printing.

Keywords[edit]

Circular economy; Distributed recycling; Energy conservation; Polymer recycling; Sustainable development; distributed manufacturing; life cycle analysis; recycling; recyclebot; 3-D printing; polymer filament; Open source hardware; Open hardware; Fused filament fabrication; RepRap; Recycling; Polymers; Plastic; Recyclebot; Waste plastic; Composites; Polymer composites; Extruder; Upcycle;  Materials science

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See Also[edit]

RepRapable Recyclebot and the Wild West of Recycling

Recycling Technology[edit]

Distributed Recycling LCA[edit]

Literature Reviews[edit]

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Externals[edit]


  • Cruz, F., Lanza, S., Boudaoud, H., Hoppe, S., & Camargo, M. Polymer Recycling and Additive Manufacturing in an Open Source context: Optimization of processes and methods. [2]
  • Investigating Material Degradation through the Recycling of PLA in Additively Manufactured Parts [3]
  • Mohammed, M.I., Das, A., Gomez-Kervin, E., Wilson, D. and Gibson, I., EcoPrinting: Investigating the use of 100% recycled Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) for Additive Manufacturing. [4]
  • Kariz, M., Sernek, M., Obućina, M. and Kuzman, M.K., 2017. Effect of wood content in FDM filament on properties of 3D printed parts. Materials Today Communications. [5]
  • Kaynak, B., Spoerk, M., Shirole, A., Ziegler, W. and Sapkota, J., 2018. Polypropylene/Cellulose Composites for Material Extrusion Additive Manufacturing. Macromolecular Materials and Engineering, p.1800037. [6]
  • O. Martikka et al., "Mechanical Properties of 3D-Printed Wood-Plastic Composites", Key Engineering Materials, Vol. 777, pp. 499-507, 2018 [7]
  • Yang, T.C., 2018. Effect of Extrusion Temperature on the Physico-Mechanical Properties of Unidirectional Wood Fiber-Reinforced Polylactic Acid Composite (WFRPC) Components Using Fused Deposition Modeling. Polymers, 10(9), p.976. [8]

News[edit]

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    4. Nanowerk 78.7k
    5. ECN Magazine 92.6k
    6. Labroots 110k
    7. Newswise 131k
    8. Zwoops 132k
    9. Space Daily 161k
    10. Bioengineer
    11. 3D Printing Progress
    12. Science Technology and Research News
    13. E Peak
    14. I Connect 007
    15. Live Science
  2. 再生塑料经3D技术加持变身运动用品 Finance East Money (China) 1056
    1. Info.21CP 45k
  3. Green Fab Lab: Using the Fab Lab To 3D Print New Things From Recycled Plastics 3DPrint 44k
  4. Michigan Tech scientists write recommendations for greener 3D printing 3D Printing Industry 71.9k
  5. Funding Makerspaces With 3D Printing? Fabaloo 114k
  6. 3D Printer Turns Recycled Plastic into Sporting Goods Design News 142k
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  8. "Gigabot X" 3-D printer helps find new uses for recycled plastic Tv6 Fox UP 146k
  9. Engineers 3D Print Skateboard Using Waste Plastic - Industrial Equipment News 224k
  10. Gigabot X Prints from Waste Plastics Digital Engineering 246k
  11. 种经济环保的新型3D打印机 Materials and Testing (China) 254k
  12. Researchers Utilize Fab Lab To 3D Print Using Recycled Plastic - Manufacturing Talk Radio
  13. Tech: Industrial 3D printing goes skateboarding — (Report) Tunisiesoir
  14. Industrial 3D printing could soon be used for outdoor sporting goods The Edge
  15. How 3D Printing is Making its Way Into Outdoor Sporting Goods EE Design IT
  16. DSM and CEAD to develop new materials and applications for pelletized 3D printing 3DPrinting Industry 73k
  17. Industrial 3D printer prints directly from recycled shredded waste Design Fax
  18. China’s ban on plastics and its effect on the U.S. economy - American Recycler

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