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Slideshow: Recyclable 3D Printing Material Beats ABS & PLA

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Recyclable, yes
Ann R. Thryft   5/9/2014 11:47:33 AM
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Plus how much of it there is being used and thrown away, Cabe. I agree.

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Cabe Atwell   5/8/2014 10:35:43 PM
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Considering how much some of that ABS/PLA materials cost per spool, it's about time it became recyclable.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   5/8/2014 11:48:45 AM
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Lou, recyclable and recycled composites and plastics are a subject that's getting more attention all the time. We covered it here:
http://www.designnews.com/author.asp?section_id=1392&doc_id=271489
Since recycled polymers are already being used in heavy truck parts, bridges, and Ford's car seats, among many other uses, it's clear that they must meet the same performance standards as any other plastics. Making materials recyclable is also being investigated.
Recycling composites, though, especially carbon fiber-reinforced ones, is a lot more difficult. One of the biggest problems in recycling plastics is when they're made of multiple materials, as composites are. The companies mentioned in the story at the link I gave are pioneers. Some are also working on making carbon composites recyclable.



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naperlou   5/8/2014 11:01:51 AM
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Ann, I was just talking to my son this morning about cars made from carbon fiber composites and comparing them to cars made from aluminium.  Since steel and aluminium are easily recyclable, it makes sense to use them when appropriate.  On the other hand, if more composite materials are used I think that there should be standards for recyclability.  This material seems to be a good first step.

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