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Reduce 3D Printing Waste at Berkeley

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Project has ended
Project ended on February 28, at 11:59 PM PST
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Reduce 3D Printing Waste at Berkeley


If you're familiar with 3D printing, you know about the piles of plastic trash (failed prints, tangled spools, vetoed prototypes) that it generates. For a technology of the future, that's not a very forward-thinking way to operate, right? At the 3D Printing Recycling Project, we believe in the educational power of 3D printing, but we also know there is a greener way to do it. We are building the student-led, on-campus infrastructure for 3D printing recycling at UC Berkeley, so that all of that plastic trash is turned right back into filament and can be 3D printed again. The benefits of our in-house recycling over traditional recycling include:

- Existing infrastructure in our area cannot process the most commonly used 3D Printing plastics, so they just go to the landfill

- Saving educational labs money, since one spool of new filament can cost around $25

- Saving upwards of 50lbs of plastic trash from the landfill each month!

- Making 3D printing a greener technology

We hope you will be a part of this revolution! Please consider making a gift so that we can make this a reality.


The money we raise here will go to:

- Purchasing an industrial plastics grinder for reclaiming the plastic, and other non-disposable equipment (around $4000)

- Safety equipment and training needed for using this grinder (around $200)

- Electrical components needed to automate the extruder (around $500)

- Other supplies for the project such as replacement nozzles, extrusion cooling system, etc. (around $300)

Gifts made to UC Berkeley will be subject to a 5% philanthropic allocation fee. A 2.5% credit card transaction fee will also apply.


For questions and comments about this project, please contact Scott at

Please donate and share this page on Facebook! Every donation helps us to make 3D Printing at Berkeley more environmentally responsible. Thank you for your time.

Our way
of Thanking You


3D-printed Keychain

A small "Cal" keychain, 100% PLA, will be 3D printed by Nicole and I and sent to you!

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Estimated Delivery: March 2017


Social Media Shout-out

We will thank you on our Facebook page for your contribution!

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Estimated Delivery: March 2017


3D Printing SWAG Bag!

for a $50 donation, you will receive a sustainable 3D printing gift package: postcard featuring a handwritten message from Nicole and Scott, a "coupon" for a tour of the facility where Nicole and Scott do research in Moffitt Library and in Etcheverry, and another "coupon" for a free walkthrough/tutorial of the recycling and 3D printing process!

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Estimated Delivery: March 2017


A 3D Print

A 2x2 inch 3D print of your choice, and if you don't indicate a preference, we will surprise you!

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Estimated Delivery: April 2017


A Huge 3D Print

For your generosity, you will receive a huge 3D print of your choice (up to 10x10x10 in)! If you don't specify a preference, we will surprise you with something very cool.

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Estimated Delivery: March 2017


Meet-and-Greet With The Team

For our executive donors, we are offering a meet-and-greet with the team in one of our laboratory locations. You can learn about the nitty-gritty of our project, and see firsthand the crucial sustainability science your gift is helping to support.

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