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I’m currently building one using electric hobs to create the heat, will show you the progress soon.
where are you looking to get the quotes from? because I am sure the machining costs will vary from country to country unless you “employ” a machinist team…. that would be good to set up!
@nick007, have you seen those houses in Africa being built using used plastic bottle! looks really cool, but I guess the problem is, would it be efficient enough for cold climates? the wooden structures in places such as the alps have a serious strength capacity to cope with the weight of the snow fall on the roofs and it would be interesting to see a comparison strength test between natural timber and plastic timber.
@karru, I don’t have anything yet but I am working on it and will let you know as soon as I find something. 🙂
for me it’s all about Fusion 360, however if I had a choice, it would be solidworks, but I don’t have that kind of cash. I found Rhino a bit bland.
@dinkumdunny take a look at the 3rd revolution on the web, you’re right, there is a suggestion that we are reverting back to a new era of “cottage industries”. Best guy to listen to on all this is Chirs Anderson, the Editor of Wired magazine. 🙂 I just hope these companies don’t overshadow what is being achieved here.
if you are planning to use recycled plastics to turn them into products that will be in contact with (especially hot) foods, you will need to research about different plastic grade numbers and which items you should look out for to use or not use. Sterilising the shredded plastic will be vital since once it is heated and moulded, you are essentially locking in dirt.
keep researching into plastic toxicities to humans and what makes a food safe plastic.
wicked idea! I have no idea how to build an app but yeh! awesome idea.
have a look at this guys invention, perfect reuse of a spinner and using a 3D printer…. couldn’t fit any better really. I always thought it would be great to use them as mini turbines connecteted to dynamo generators!
yep! just reported it to gmail but couldn’t select the profile here because I think it’s been deleted. keep your eyes open!
haha he would probably call us “a sad Bunch of losers” lol
Anris- the thing with plastics and Moulds like this is, one: the heat will effect your mould drastically, all silicone contains moisture and heat will dry it out and make it crack, plus it could burn if the plastic is too hot. I would imagine it would not cure the plastic quickly since the heat will be retained by the silicone. I have heated silicone moulds to 70 degrees to boost my catalyst in the resin but that mould started to burn as soon as it got higher.
Two: depending on the density of your silicone, the pressure from the injection moulder could bloat the mould, leaving a bad cast.
I have started a discussion about mould making on one of the forums called, injection moulding and 3D printing, have a look 🙂
I would of loved to but sadly I don’t have access to that equipment right now… however, I will see what I can do! I’ll get back to you on that 🙂 in the mean time though, ask away.
plastikfantastik … this is the answer!
Here’s another idea!
so I worked in model making companies for a while and when we had to flock a model, sometimes we needed to quickly pick all the bits up without loosing them or taking forever picking them up one by one.
so we would cover the end of a hoover with women tights (stockings) and that would create a filter mesh that sucked up the items without all the bits flying into the vacuums!
If you used a fine mesh over a battery hoover nozzle, you could try hoovering up the beach… the sand wouldn’t clog it up because you would have a fine enough mesh to try and stop as much sand as possible.
one issue is it overheats the vacuums after a while. But worth trying! If you do a test let me know, it would be great to see!
Imagine building a mould and set up to create these bins…. from their own rubbish!!! damn that would be amazing!!
plastikfantastik Thanks for sharing this, really useful to see prices because most companies say “request a quote” which is usually code for “expensive but we don’t want to say how expensive.”
I have the problem of not being in a situation currently where I can start making freely so I am limited to software, drawing, researching and organising. I will direct as much research as possible back towards this chat and if you (or someone in the community!) had the means to actually test our mood technique then that would be epic!!
I saw you have a few friends in your group who are in Australia too, are they local? do you have any space to build and make?
well then to answer your top question, no, setting up a recycling BUSINESS costs a lot to set up, depends greatly on your countries politics surrounding the issue of recycling, and a recycling business does not usually manufacture after recycling, they sell their recycled material back to manufacturing companies around the world adding to the vehicle emissions problem and supporting massive industries…… Like Coca Cola!!
I am a graduate model maker who has been working with these materials professionally for 5 years, if anyone has any further questions about the materials, their properties, measuring the right quantities, suppliers, pouring techniques, health and safety…. I’m your guy!