Gallery: The Filabot: Desktop Machine Turns Recyclable Plastics Into Fi...

 

Now that desktop 3D printers are more affordable and compact, the world of DIY fabrication is quickly transforming the way we produce durable goods. Yet the filaments that 3D printers use to assemble objects are expensive – MakerBot’s ABS 1kg plastic filament will run you $50 a spool. Fortunately, Vermont Technical College student Tyler McNaney has invented the Filabot – a machine that allows anyone to make their own 3D printing substrate from old recyclables sitting in the bin.

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