23 Jul Felfil Evo: our take on circular economy
3D printing creates a lot of waste material: Felfil Evo can be used to turn them into plastic filament that can be used again.
The circular economy is a golden opportunity. According to the definition of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, it is generically:
A type of economy designed to be able to regenerate on its own.
Circular economy: what is it?
The circular economy makes it possible to limit waste and reuse the same materials in more than one production cycle.
The traditional economic model, based on the possibility of accessing large amounts of resources, has reached sunset. Resources are running out and our planet is increasingly stressed.
The solution? Replacing a linear based economy with a circular based economy, on the back of five major principles:
- eco-design: designing product made to be reused
- modularity and versatility: building products adapatable to external conditions
- renewable energies: relying on new energy sources instead of fossil ones
- eco-systemic approach: thinking in a holistic perspective, considering the entire system and the interactions between components
- reuse of materials: replacing virgin raw materials with secondary ones coming from recycle chains
When the value of the waste product becomes higher than the value the product had in the previous life, it is called “upcycle”.
A recent example which we already covered writing about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch comes from Adidas. Together with Parley, the company presented the Ocean Plastic Trainer, a pair of sneakers made with a filament coming from plastic waste in the oceans.
Felfil Evo: recycling 3D printing waste
We designed Felfil Evo to bring these concepts into the world of 3D printing. As every enthusiast knows, every successful 3D print requires numerous attempts and experiments, that generate a lot of wasted plastic.
Felfil Evo aims to give new life to this waste: it allows, in fact, to extrude new filament starting from previous incorrect prints, properly grounded. In this way, 3D printing plastic waste can be used to print again!
But there’s much more than that. The prints made with the filament extruded by Felfil Evo can be used some more times to create new filament, albeit for a limited number of cycles. So, 3D printing becomes circular, more sustainable and economical. Both for to the enthusiasts who use domestic printers as well to the large company in possession of professional machines: Felfil Evo can be useful in both situations.
If you have a 3D printer and you also find yourself daily dealing with wasted plastic, please visit our website and learn more about Felfil Evo: it might help you recycle your 3D printing waste!
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