Thursday, 27 February 2020
The Department of Engineering of Aarhus University in Denmark wants to revolutionize plastic usage in 3D printing....
The Department of Engineering of Aarhus University in Denmark made a bold statement saying that the University wants to revolutionize plastic usage in 3D printing. Using a EUR 84,000 funding that the project has received so far, it aims to recycle plastic waste into a standardized filament product as the professor and plastics expert, Mogens Hinge, explains.
Asked for more details, Professor Hinge believes that this reform is driven by the increasing need for 3D printing-filament as the industry is growing at a very fast pace. Moreover, the practice of plastic usage lacks any regulations and industry standards, meaning that the industry is like the “Wild West”, as professor Hinge calls it.
The Department of Engineering of the University collaborated with a plastic recycling company called Aage Vestergaard Larsen A/S, which already has a lot of experience in recycling plastic. Hopefully, the results of the project will help them develop a standardized documentable 3D printing filament of high and stable quality from recycled plastics.
Today, the 3D printing industry is mostly made up of virgin and new plastics which makes it a major contributor to the plastic waste crisis we are experiencing today. However, if the project is successful the 3D printing technology will no longer hurt our planet. Several worldwide enterprises, such as Nefilatek or Lancashire3D, have already embraced this revolutionary technology and announced their 100% recycled plastic filaments.
Danish University wants to revolutionize plastic usage in 3D printing