An American college student named Tyler McNaney is developing a machine that recycles plastic household waste into the raw materials for use in 3D printing.
The Filabot performs the 21st century equivalent of alchemy, melting down unwanted material and turning it into plastic filament - the goop that 3D printers melt down and layer out to form objects.
Normally, plastic filament costs in the region of £50 per kilogram, making 3D printing a pricy hobby - especially if you make a few mistakes. But generating your own - either using your mistakes or anything made from a variety of widely-used plastics - makes it a lot more affordable. ...
Via Jacques Urbanska