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Our names are Scott Silva and Nicole Panditi, and we are working on a project that involves turning failed 3D printer prints and other PLA waste into usable filament. The 3D Printer Filament Reclamation Project, as we like to call it, is a project being led by the Zero Waste Research Center under the Student Environmental Resource Center, in conjunction with the College of Engineering and The Green Initiative Fund. In this project, we are identifying issues in efficiency and automation with this cradle-to-cradle system, and working on streamlining the processes of creating recycled 3D printer filament. Currently, we are lacking the funds to get basic machinery to allow our project to become fully effective, so we are reaching out to you today to ask you for your support. Please look at our crowdfunding page for more info: https://crowdfund.berkeley.edu/project/3715.
Currently, Cal Zero Waste collects 17 tons of MSW every day from the campus. Of that amount, 4 tons is plastic waste, with another 3-5 tons of it being aluminum and glass recycling. Currently, this waste gets diverted and transferred to many different refuse centers by a means of “trading” recyclables in efforts to earn higher profits for the materials, causing a system of negative externalities, inefficient trade routes, and large carbon footprints to form. We hope to close this system, and make UC Berkeley more accountable for our waste, while making a marketable and educational product in the process.
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
If this is something you would like to help us accomplish, please consider donating through our UC Berkeley crowdfunding page: https://crowdfund.berkeley.edu/project/3715.
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.
Please look at our crowdfunding page for more info: https://crowdfund.berkeley.edu/project/3715.
For questions and comments about this project, please contact Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Scott Silva and Nicole Panditi
Zero Waste Research Center