The Time for Recycling Is Now! What’s Your Biggest Printing Fail?

3D printing has been branded as a way to reduce the impact we have on our environment. However, most of the time we’re all too much familiar with a pile of failed prints, that negatively affect the environment surrounding us.  

Here at 3D Hubs we want to stop this waste and change the way we produce things.

 

Together with our awesome mayors @CharlotteJ in Breda, @AtomJaay in Boston and @Charlotte @Cinter in London we will open up the first three recycling Hubs on the planet! They will collect the failed prints of their community and turn the waste into brand new filament. Then, you’ll even be able to print orders with fully locally recycled filament!

 


 

Help us change how 3D prints are made and support a waste free future! You can show your support for this campaign by sharing the biggest 3D printing fails you’ve ever produced. Leave a picture of these monstrosities as a comment on this post or share your pic on social with #REMAKE3D before September 9th. The 3 hubs with the most popular pics will receive a fully recycled spool of filament produced by Refil.

 

What to share? A picture of your failed print!

 

We can’t wait to see what the world of recycling has to offer. Make sure to gather your fellow hubs to join and maybe your community will even be asked to host the next recycling hub soon!

 

If you got all excited and happy about this and you’re looking to start recycling yourself, have a look at this Perk we offer if you’re a Hub on the platform!

 

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So glad to hear you're taking this initiative on! I'm fully supporting and following this post. On a similar note, in San Francisco we're holding a 3D Printing Upcycling/Product Manipulation event and will keep you all in mind during our presentation. :)

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Hey, so cool to see you back around here! Enthusiastic as always :)

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Great idea! I might have to build a recycling filament machine :)

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Here's the bin we were talking about...weighs about 3-4kg. Anyone want to donate a filastruder?

#REMAKE3D

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This is a fantastic idea!!  What do we need to gear up on to become a recycle center for Nashville? 

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Aweomse! @Luuk is your guy :) 

We're pilot-ting now but soon we should be able to set something up

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Thanks @Filemon! Hey @Luuk would love to chat with you when you get a chance. No rush. Would like to have a pow wow about how we could set up a recycle hub in Nashville. Feel free to comment or email at PrintThatThing(at)gmail

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Hey @printthatthing, so cool you want to be a recycling Hub! For now, we've enabled recycling material for Hubs to pick from the materials list, so you can advertise it to your customers. If you want to actively start to 'produce' recycled filament for Hubs in your area to print with, we don't really have a model for that yet. So for now you can advertise your recycling Hub in your description and offer recycled material to print with.

 

btw: the gear you need to start making your own filament is a shredder and an extruder. Check out the extruder on discount on your dashboard in the perks section: 3dhubs.com/my-dashboard/hub/perks/filabot

 

Let me know if you want to know more. Happy to talk to you any time this week. My email is luuk@3dhubs.com

 

Cheers!

 

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Thanks for the info Luuk! Helps tremendously. I will look into and set up a recycle hub soon. :D :D :D

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I actually have a running Flickr album of failed prints - https://www.flickr.com/photos/flyinglow/albums/72157649665604428

Note that as I get braver and braver, the fails get bigger and bigger. The latest being a garbage can full of failed parts of a Fallout 4 mask. Fortunately my son was able to use some of the pieces as supplementary props for the costume.

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Please share your favorite share print on Instagram/Twitter as well;) (Higher chance of winning Refill)

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Awesome pictures! Would you like to choose one of the pics to enter into this competition for biggest 3D printing fail? 

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A little (size-wise) failure, two Marvins trying to test some new filaments and getting the temperature completely wrong. Cool glitch look anyway :D #REMAKE3D

 

BTW we are also trying to make something similar in our hackerspace, but also researching with HDPE to recycle bottle tops into 3D prints. Love to see so much people trying to move this around!

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Wow, awesome pictures! Thanks for sending them in ;) Cool that you're experimenting with HDPE. I've gotten some info from previous research on that, if you're interested in this I can send it over to you. If so, send me an email at bramh@3dhubs.com and I'll mail it to you directly!

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Support for you.It is indeed a problem for the failed ones in printing. 

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Thanks ;) yep, but let's start to reduce the size of the waste bin!

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Sounds interesting, recycling old or failed prints. We already have a box or two filled with those.

How does this work because i can't find it so quickly how the procedure is and how we have to do or deliver it.

 

Also we are curious about the cost for this service.

Can you please provide more information. We might be thinking about this service as well.

 

Mark Heiden

3D&More

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Hey Mark,

 

currently it's set up as a low key awareness raiser. But you can in fact get in touch with @CharlotteJ from Fablab Breda, to ask if you guys can work together in recycling your pile of wasted filament. The Lab is always open and the machines available I guess.

 

Cheers,

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Hey @bramhallo! What steps Do I need to take to becoming a recycling hub for our Raleigh community in the United States! I have all the equipment needed to start recycling discarded prints and would love to assist in expanding this project!!!! #recycle #raleigh

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Hi! So great to hear the you would like to become a recycling hub! For now you can promote on your hub page that you are a recycling hub and that you can offer prints from fully recycled filament ;) You should be able to add recycled filament as an material that you offer.

 

Also if you would like to do that, it would be awesome if you could collect the waste bins from your community and promote this option on your hub page as well! 

 

We'll be sure to let you know when other features for recycling hubs come out! 

 

Thanks!

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Hi, we have been working on something like this down in Ecuador (home to the Galapagos islands, amazon rainforest, etc and thus very important to keep the plastic off the environment).  Unfortunately we don't have the technology or resources to get this going.  Would you guys be interested at some point to start something like this down in Ecuador?  

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We are really grateful for your blog post. You will find a lot of approaches after visiting your post.  Thanks for such post and please keep it up. Great work.  Kartikeya Sharma

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Any plans for this in the bay area? I would love to be able to recycle my supports and so on. Do note that would need the filaments to be pre-sorted like ABS, PLA, XT and so on as most are not cross compatible! 

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Yes indeed this is an important requirement, thanks for bringing it up! At the moment we're focussing all of our attention on our pilot recycling hubs but as soon as we know what will happen afterwards, we will let you know!

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Can we just upload our box of failed prints? Our printers have been getting more reliable, but we still have all of the old stuff and plan to recycle it when we can get a hold of a filastruder or similar.

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As long as we're talking failed prints, we should be good ;) Share away!

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