1. David Bassetti
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  3. Thursday, 21 May 2020
Hi everyone,
We make modular machines to reduce plastic to tiny flakes for use directly in our 3D Printers.
We demonstrate to people how to recycle PET Water bottles directly. The people bring the plastic, separate it..and then grind it up ready for the 3d printers to use it for a part that the person chooses. It works perfectly in the new Circular Economy.
The process shows that people are happy to separate the plastic and as an incentive... get a 3d printed part made directly from it.

Our video demonstrating it works is here..


I look forward to speaking with you all about it's uptake in Australia.
I'm moving home from Spain to Sydney next week :)
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David, interesting technology. Thanks for sharing! :)

FYI, I took the liberty of combining your posts. For future reference, there's an "Edit" button above the post which allows you to make changes after it has been published.
Adam Thyer, Founder at GreenExecutive
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Are there industrial applications for this?

In other words, could it be used at a scale that would consume large amounts of PET plastic?
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Hi Ben, yes absolutely.
We are looking for partners to just this.. Industrial Applications to use large amounts of PET and 3d print furniture and car body parts as a replacement for Fibreglass and metal.
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This is a good development. The growth of plastic pollution is a great cause for alarm. However, recycling the plastic into filaments for the 3D printing will be much welcome as well.
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Hi David

I am pleased to hear that there are industrial applications. This is obviously good for your business, but it also means that larger amounts of PET bottles will be used. Once the products made 3D printed PET have reached end of life, can they be used for 3D printing again, or recycled?
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Thanks for your questions everyone.! :)

Nurudeen Issa This method is completely new and uses far less energy than the filament method,
links here to making your own filament.
I am not sure if they can do PET yet..

A BIG issue with making your own filament is that you need to buy virgin plastic pellets.
I assume you can buy recycled pellets...but the energy used into making recycled pellets is HUGE compared to our method of just 3d printing directly with the shredded PET flakes.

Ben Bailey
I don´t understand why ¨it also means that larger amounts of PET bottles will be used ¨
Here is the here stating that 38% more will be used..
PET can be done several times before it starts to degrade.

So i think it´s time for us to ALL recycle our own waste PET single use plastic this 3d printing way..
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this is a great technology, we are currently working on something similar. i.e recycling of plastic into filaments that can be use in 3D Printers. can this be done in a more larger scale?
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HI David,
Very interesting. I've been working with The New Raw out of the Netherlands on a project that echoes this. I am very interested in knowing more about your system/ technology. We're looking for best ways to take abundance of collected river and ocean plastic to upcycle into viable alternative projects. One concern in the shredding process is the potential of small plastic particles escaping into the air and/ or plastic micro-beads ending up back in the environment. Thoughts?
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P.S. I also have ties to Australia, so definitely would love to connect further.
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Sure!
Email me
David@3d-seed.com

The New Raw does incredible work, i spoke to them a few years ago :)
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