Fila-Cycle has launched the world’s largest collection of 100% recycled 3D printing filaments made from used automotive, commercial and electronic plastics on Kickstarter.
The crowdfunding campaign features a range of six recycled plastic filaments produced in partnership with 3DOM Europe. Filament options include Jade PLA created from recycled yoghurt pots, Natural PLA made and Opaque PET from post-consumer plastics, Architect White HIPS made from home electronic white goods, Black HIPS and Black ABS from used automotive plastics.
According to the Kickstarter campaign, the startup set out to ensure each material was clean, of good surface quality, suitable for rapid prototyping, sourced from clean quality products and capable of being used without any additives. Fila-Cycle was recently awarded Best Recycled Product of the Year 2015 for its rABS 3D printing filament.
Scott, the Co-founder and director of Fila-Cycle, commented on the Kickstarter page: “Over the past year or so our team have worked feverishly hard to help bring about a positive impact through 3D Printing. When I first started to use 3D printers, I though wow, literally, I thought wow. My mind was blown away by being able to own technology that could produce objects right before my eyes. I knew from early on the impact of this technology would be disruptive, it would shake the foundations of existing practices and through innovation would put creativity in to the hands of everyone.”
The goal is to reach £15,000 by 4th December and backers can bag themselves an early bird filament reward in ABS black for £16, arriving this December. For £500, they’re offering backers in the UK, particularly makerspaces and schools, the opportunity to have the team come and demonstrate how 3D printing works and how recycling is involved.
Eco-friendly filaments are a big trend for 3D printing filament developers with everything from corn starch to algae and even coffee being used to produce recycled materials. Similarly, 3Dom USA introduced a first of its kind Eco-Spool made from 100% bio-based materials designed specifically for environmental sustainability and to tackle the growing concern for the mass of disregarded filament spools.