Unused plastic is everywhere. It just sits around waiting for somebody to toss it, or use it in some weird art project. Well, now you can finally do something with all that plastic thanks to a new machine that debuted over the weekend.
3ders reports that Marek Senický showed off his new FilaMaker machine at Maker Faire Rome this past weekend. The device allows 3D printer enthusiasts to crush and melt their old plastic into usable filament.
For the 3D printing enthusiast, the FilaMaker will be able to create filament of any size as long as you have the appropriate extruder head. It’s also able to currently produce filament at one meter per minute, but Senický hopes to have it at two meters per minute at launch.
Check it out in action below:
It should be noted that FilaMaker is not the first product like this on the market. Earlier this year, Filabot offered a similar machine that would melt down plastic and create new plastic filament for use in 3D printers. What sets the two apart is that FilaMaker has a built-in shredder that can reduce large plastic items into the small bits necessary for proper melting.[Image: thymark/YouTube]