3D printing is unstoppable lately, yet eco-conscious consumers are left with the question “yeah, but is it sustainable?” With many materials being made from plastic and other non-recyclable matter, finding an environmentally-friendly medium is a big concern. Luckily, 3Dom – one of the largest manufacturers of filament for 3D printing – has teamed up with biocomposite developer c2renew to bring creators the first filament made from recycled coffee grounds. While this is a great move for socially responsible engineering, I’m willing to bet the best part is the delicious aroma when printing.
The material is like no other, with its rich brown hue and natural grittiness from the beans, ready to be shaped into all sorts of instruments, figures, or decor. Each of the spools can be used in any 3D printer capable of printing with PLA, as the filament is a coffee-PLA mixture, and is available in 1.75 and 2.25 mm sizes. Each unit is also packaged in 3Dom’s 100% bio-based Eco-Spool, showing the company’s dedication to sustainability.
3Dom has been a frontrunner in 3D printing materials, with a crew that has 10 years of experience in the craft and over 40 years of combined plastics expertise. c2renew is known for their reputation in using agricultural residuals (such as flax fiber, soybean hull, and wood flour, combined with petroleum and renewable plastics for their bio-composite products. It is refreshing to see sustainable practices keeping up with the speed of modern technology.
Plus, how wonderfully meta would it be to have a coffee cup made from coffee?
Images via 3Dom