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Filabot on Recycling Plastic for 3D Printing



Tyler McNamey is the inventor of Filabot, a desktop recycling machine for your 3D prints. It transforms trash plastic in ready-to-use filament for your 3D printer.

Filabot is open source and can be bought as a kit or assembled. It launched on Kickstarter in January 2012 and took 1,5 year to finish.


What is this episode about

What have Tyler been up to this year? How is Filabot going and where is it heading?

Could recycling fabrication center at home be the future of 3D printing?

Which types of plastic can I recycle in my Filabot ?

These are some of the many questions we answer in this episode of the 3D Printing Society Podcast.

He talks about the big challenges he encountered going from the very first prototype (build after the launch of the Kickstarter!) to shipping the first batch.


Filabot Models we talk about in the podcast


Filabot Core: the very first Filabot developped for the Kickstarter campaign and shipped in winter 2013. Sold out.

Filabot Wee: the latest version of Filabot. Sold assembled for $749. It works with PLA, PLA, HIPS Pellets and colorants.

Filabot Reclaimer: soon to be launched. It was expected in late 2013 but is still in progress. Be patient and pre-order by contacting Tyler at contact [at] filabot.com

Filabot sells recycled filament, which is much cheaper than new filament. Look at their recycled 3D printing filament page here.

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