3D printing was developed in the 1980s, but it was not called “3D printing” and it didn’t use to look anything like this. It was expensive and difficult to use, albeit being a proper voice of a technological revolution. The price of 3D printers has decreased radically since about 2010, making it affordable for home use.
However, the next issue we had to deal with was the filament for printers – material used for printing objects. We needed a source of affordable and renewable filament. And, finally, it is here now! With Ekocycle Cube 3D Printer the post-consumer waste is being recycled into something new and shiny – an object of your choice.
Coca-Cola and will.i.am launched the Ekocycle Cube 3D Printer which uses 20 ounce PET plastic bottles for filament. 25% of filament is recycled plastic bottles and the rest is made of PLA (polylactic acid). The material also doesn’t smell and isn’t prone to deforming. The filament will come in a few colors: white, black, red, and natural.
Now you can test your imagination and design whatever you like: fashion, music, or phone accessory, or simply a decorative object. You can use the smartphone app to print your designs, since the Ekocycle Cube 3D Printer can connect to your phone via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. On the other hand, if you don’t feel like designing, you can choose from some designs that already exist and simply click “print”. The printing resolution is 70 microns, and it can print objects up to 6 inches cubed. When you finish your object, you will probably be proud of how eco-friendly and productive you have been at the same time.
As will.i.am said it: “Waste is only waste if we waste it.” So, could this be another voice of a technological revolution? [via] watch video below
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