Plastics Recycling Update

Startup develops 3-D printing filaments from recycled resins

Scott Knowles, co-founder of ObjectForm, receives a Plastics Industry Award from Anne Hitch of RECOUP in London. At left is awards event host Alan Davies.

A U.K. company that developed a 100 percent recycled ABS 3-D printing filament is now working to develop six other filaments made from various resins.

Sheffield, U.K.-based ObjectForm was recently honored by the Plastics Industry Awards for its recycled ABS filament, part of the company’s Fila-CYCLE brand. The company and its efforts were recently featured by international plastics recycling company MBA Polymers, which supplies ObjectForm with recycled ABS.

“By replacing virgin ABS plastic with recycled ABS, ObjectForm is helping to conserve natural resources and divert waste from landfill while boosting the environmental credentials of its Fila-CYCLE brand,” MBA Polymers stated.

Now, ObjectForm has recently completed a Kickstarter campaign seeking $23,000 to help it develop six new 100 percent recycled filaments:
• Jade-colored PLA from 100 percent yogurt container
• Natural PLA from other post-consumer sources
• White HIPS from home electronics and white goods
• Black HIPS from automotive plastics
• Opaque PET from post-consumer plastics
• Black ABS from automotive plastics

Scott Knowles, one of the company’s founders, said the business has created the filaments on lab extruders but need funding to help with manufacturing.

“They claim that this is the largest selection of 100 percent recycled 3-D printing plastic filaments in the world,” notes a post by The 3D Printing Association. “Through their unique partnership with 3DOM Europe and Kickstarter campaign, they hope to launch this global offering in the near future.”

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