Not only is 3D printing expensive, but the raw material for it is too as well. A new kind of tech is allowing you to use all that empty shampoo, milk cartons, and moisturizing cream containers as raw material.
Over at Michigan Technological University, researchers created a plastic extruder called Filabot, and will turn home recyclables into usable filament for 3D printing. The machine takes 4 inch pieces of plastic and shred them before melting the plastic and extruding it through changeable nozzles.
Filabot uses a tenth of the energy needed to recycle empty bottles to produce its filament.
The first model, the Filabot Reclaimer, is in production now. [Filabot via PhysOrg]