Recycling ABS

Recycling ABS; by Texas_Left.jpg Kendall Texas_Right.jpg


YUP, sure is possible, but with today’s technology, it is Not Practical. We are faced with several problems yet overcome at a 'reasonable price tag' for the home user:

  1. How to determine what Plastics are actually ABS…
  2. How to determine what Type of ABS Grade we have…
  3. How to determine what Additives or Fillers might be in the material…
  4. How to determine what Heat Index our Salvage Material has…
  5. How to determine what Melt Flow Index our Salvage Material has…
  6. How to Grind our Salvage Material into Uniform Pieces…
  7. How to Separate the Smaller Partials (dust like) from the Regrind…
  8. How to Dry the this Regrind before sending it back into our Filament Extruder…
  9. How to Extrude the Material into Filament…
  10. How to Control the Needed Tolerance of the Filament we are trying to Extrude…
  11. And; How to do all of the above safely…

Several 3d Printing Communities are working on the above challenges. So far, I have not seen any successful, but I am sure, as past history has proven to us, some inspired group will.


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Presently a lot of expensive equipment is necessary to create our Filament from Reclaimed/Recycled Material (Granulators, Dryers, and Extrusion Machines). Along with this equipment, is required even more support equipment for testing (Dew Point Meters, Melt Flow Index Meters, as etc)…


In Conclusion: I believe that some day in the near future, we will be able to reclaim our own 3D Printers scrap, but we are a long way off before being able to, clean up our trash basket and send it, back through our 3d Printer for making something useful…

One Kick Starter Project to keep an eye on is MakiBox. Their plans are to extrude filament on the fly from ABS Pellets, and promise to have some of these 3d Printers in the hands of field testers before the end of this year. And, may I add; this is all an 'Open Source Technology' for us to share…

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