Ultimaker, one of the 3D printer manufacturer, has decided to help Project Seafood to clean up beaches by repurposing littered plastic into original 3D printed objects. Project Seafood Founders Fabian Wyss and Jennifer Gadient left their home in Switzerland to explore the possibilities of mobile digital plastics recycling by driving beach to beach throughout Spain, France and Morocco in their mobile upcycling fablab, a digital fabrication and rapid prototyping workspace, to make a positive impact on the Earth by collecting discarded plastic and creating something new.
Every year, about 8 million metric tons of plastic ends up in the ocean. Wyss and Gadient created Project Seafood to help minimize waste left on beaches and create original recycled 3D prints. Project Seafood travels with a plastics shredder, extruder and an Ultimaker Original 3D Printer to turn plastic waste into recycled filament. To produce recycled filament to be used for new 3D printing projects, Wyss and Gadient wash discarded plastic, shred it by hand and then insert the shredded plastic into the extruder to produce filament. Every new 3D printed object created with the filament is stamped with the geographic region the plastic was found making the designs unique.
“We are honored that our 3D printers are being used for sustainability,” says Siert Wijnia, CTO and founder of Ultimaker. “As the 3D printing industry grows, so does creativity, generosity and efficiency. It is exciting for Ultimaker to be able to help move towards a stronger, more sustainable community.”