Homes in Plastic
Plastic waste is a huge issue. But also allowing everyone to have a home is also another huge issue.
Why cant we impact the planet by recycling and shaping plastic into plastic designed homes for homeless?
The idea is to have home designs in plastic. The design will require different angles: easy to build (lego like), decision on water and electricity conduits, security, windows elements.
Project will have these streams:
Building Technology Designs (based on Dave’s work, but the molding might require some twist)
Spreading (enabling reachable workwide)
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For the home mould there are 2 feasible approaches, one is making a mould to shape the plastic like big bricks (like lego pieces as you mention), and another way is to make plastic lumber with a large flat mould with several heating elements attached.
Yes! I’ve been researching in different options available. Here’s some twist. What if we can do a design that can be shared openly and printed in 3d printer worldwide. So we connect the recycling directly to the needed design.
We can have homes decentralized production with recycled plastic.
Kit would help privates and non profit organizations to impact the world easier.
What do you think?
Awesome idea I think!
I’m from Australia, and we have a system where you can receive 10 cents for recycling beverage containers. This is great for recycling, but also gives homeless or poorer people an opportunity to make money whilst cleaning up the place.
If we could get plastic of all types to be worth some money (with Precious Plastic!!) then there would be much more opportunity for plastic cleanup and collection, and for people who are homeless or poor, collecting their own building materials off the street could help towards creating some sort of shelter.
I’ve also seen people 3D printing entire houses in China (on Youtube)…
Let’s keep this idea happening!
Thanks for the feedback!!! I think its feasable. Just need to put together the efforts toward it!!
The 3d printing I saw in China was about cement huge printers. I believe in making small parts with plastic.
If the design is centralized then any non profit organization can join the program and start printing homes.
Homeless would be building their homes by cleanining the planet!!
We are late comers to precious plastic and our first Project is related to house building for our eco beach resort in Popototan island Palawan Philippines.
We have only had time to build the Shredder so Correct me if i am wrong, but i feel like the problem we have for building is the slow speed and efficiency of our machines.
So our first product for building are the ECOBRICKS, which are basically PET bottles stuffed with unrecycable plastics like plastic bags, aluminium, filmed…etc, what is great because these plastics have zero value and are normally left behind.
Our shredder is a great tool to make the process more eficcient and faster besides making it better than handmade as we can stuff more plastics inside.
I will document the process here, Would love to hear your thoughts
Have a great day.
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Awsome plastic building!!!!!
What if anyone can reshred (using Dave’s) and 3d reprint following a digital design.
I’ve read that Economic Forum in 2016 in Davos started a stream of work for plastic strategy.
I’ve talking to 3d printing experts and they’ve told me that printing using recycled plastic is a challenge.
Any feedback regarding this point will really help me! 🙂
Hello..I am Ruben from Indonesia..
Well I have the same idea by the way..and just researched for the possibility..
For the shape and dimensional, it should no problem to make such a “plastic brick”..
From the material properties, some plastics also meets the requirements..But still better to make a composite (mixing with other material).
But still I am not sure from the fatigue strentgh properties..The normal clay brick house maybe can survive until 20-30 years..Still need some tests for this plastic bricks..
Another problem is from the joining of the bricks..we need some kind of special adhesives, depends on the brick materials..Combine with such ‘joining-LEGO-shape’, maybe it will be strong enough..
But we need to make first, and maybe test it under University’s Labs..
Hi Ruben!!! Greetings from Argentina!!!
I believe its the moment to start the designs. Can start with parts: my thought is floor. Many in need require to have a floor, and now have plain ground between walls.
With this can have a project running with social impact and working on design for a full house made of plastic in the meantime.
I will be presenting the project this week in a local goverment contest so hope I can have a boost to start!! Will let you know how it goes. Try to find something local to boost it there also!!
Keep posting, lets keep in contact.
Well I didnt get the contest price but I did get a chance to present the idea. It did get a lot of support and i got in contact with someone whos starting to get costs to build the machines. Specifically the schreder and extrusion machines. Any suggestions for 3d printer models anyone? Thanks!!
How is it going with the floor idea ? I need to cover earth floors in my school in Kenya for kids not to be infested with jiggers. I have much plastic on the beach, but….
HI all, I have seen some videos on internet where plastic is heated, mixed with sand at 30:70 plastic:sand ration and compacted under heat again and made into bricks, roofing tiles and pavers that are durable. So it is possible to make building material out of some types of plastic but this can only be done with a bigger machine as an industrial scale. Gilbert
I think the flat plank mold, (similar to the beam mold) would work great for flooring. I think it would work best to add a small, long piece of metal down length of rectangular tube, in the corner, that would allow planks to overlap or lock together. You could use thin lines of hot plastic from the extruder to make the planks stick together and fill in any gaps.
Also, thick, flat tiles could be pressed in the oven.
Hi, I’m working on this with a brick like Lego, at the moment I’m waiting for the patent rights, actually the brick is built with wood or plywood but plastic is a great option for country with hi plastic pollution.
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