Personal article on sustainability in 3D Printing.

Personal article on sustainability in 3D Printing.
http://iboman2.blogspot.com/2012/11/perpetual-filament-printing.html

I really wish people would quit mentioning the Filabot. There are many projects which surpassed it, and the filabot can’t even really be considered successful. 30 minutes worth of extrusion for what amounted to 1ft of material? – You’d get that much out of just letting the filament expand in a tube heated. And recycling, while a noble goal, isn’t required for “sustainability” - PLA is made out of corn oil and is renewable. While the same cannot be said for ABS, I believe the major point of recycling is more so we can bring the cost of operating a printer to a lower point. @Makible seems to be at the forefront of this research.

Well, we’ll see about that once the Ramen is finished. I would love to try some autocomposting on PLA and making my own. Just to see how much it really is “sustainable”

@Nils_Hitze even without the ramen finished, @Jonathan_Buford showed a pellet extruder that was more successful than any other raw material extruder I’ve ever seen…and I keep up with it.

I’d say that puts you guys at the forefront of the research.