The first 3D Printer using PET Water bottle
A friend of mine finally did it, a 3D printer using PET bottles!
This is the first video showing it actually works.. 🙂
I would like to speak with him about how to integrate it with precious plastic.
Did he process the flakes?
There is more to it but basically the way I’ve been experimenting with it is to re-crystalize the flakes then dry them for about 6 hours to prevent hydrolytic degradation. You have to process them right out the oven or they start to absorb moisture and the material will become weak.
I don’t have a fan on my experimental printer so the material slow cooled and crystallized as you can see in the pic.
Hi Everyone, thanks Lot.
No we don’t dry/process the flakes at all.. we just make sure the bottle is clean and dry. The magic happens in the custom auger inside the hot-end from http://www.Mahor.xyz.
We have another one in construction with a tip of 3.0mm it will print much faster and be able to print parts around 70cm cubic.
We would love to have more people interested in running them around the world.
Maybe we can rent/sponsor/lend one, but we need to do a lot of work still..
We’re currently designing it all into one ( safer ) unit (with wheels) about 1m x 1m x 500mm in size.
More soon 🙂
Have you “seen” the Indian or African people “stripping” a bottle into string? Seems to be a simple way to build a hot-end and printer. A auger or track type feeder of the “string” into the printer would work. Right off the bottle and onto the print. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRy2sD_k57g A youtuber (not me) doing the same thing.. we learn from each other, and this is a good idea.. Thank you.
Another video of 3dseed showing their machines working printing with PET from water bottles:
Hello everyone, this 3D printer is Open Source Hardware? Do you send us your documentation for begin parallels developments and start a community?
More photos 🙂
And another ..
YES…!!! Bring anything you want to show and we’ll spend time together.. have a beer.. and speak.. we have a few big jobs to quote for these days.. we need to speak person to person !… I’ll whatsapp u now 🙂
Sure, the hot-end is from our partner http://www.Mahor.xyz
Our hopper and other “tweaks” like the grinder, are coming along gradually.
We are looking for sponsors and help so we can get more of them and transport them with us in flight, then setup and run.
Along with @preciousplasticcatalunya we want to take all the plastic recycling machines we can to run pilot demos in developing countries.
Email me [email protected]
Should be assembled later this week for first test runs..
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