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The recycling of E-Waste ABS plastics by melt extrusion and 3D printing using solar powered devices as a transformative tool for humanitarian aid

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posted on 10.07.2020, 13:36 by Mazher MohammedMazher Mohammed, Daniel Wilson, Eli Gomez-Kervin, Callum Vidler, Lucas Rosson, Johannes Long
This study demonstrates the EcoPrinting principal, which makes use of renewable energy to realise a low carbon footprint means of recycling waste plastics into feedstock for Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D printing. We present our work to date to encapsulate this principal in a singular device, which comprises a nanogrid solar/battery storage unit, a custom made filament extrusion device and modified FFF 3D printer system. We demonstrate that our system is capable of reforming ABS plastics found in electronic waste and converting these into functional items through a melt extrusion and additive manufacturing process. We successfully demonstrate the efficacy of the system to operate using solar derived energy and using the resulting filament to 3D print functional pipe connector components. We conclude Ecoprinting holds considerable potential as a sustainable means of converting waste plastics into functional components. Finally, the portable and self-sufficient nature of the system, Ecoprinting could feasibly could be applied as a cost effective aid solution for vulnerable communities in low socio-economic environments.

Funding

Deakin University School of Engineering and Centre for Humanitarian Leadership, alongside Plan International.

English Foundation and members of the general public, who provided much needed financial support to the project following crowd funding efforts on the Start Some Good 3DWASH campaign.

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Solid Freeform Fabrication 2018: Proceedings of the 29th Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium - An Additive Manufacturing Conference, SFF 2018

Pages

80 - 92

Source

2018 29th Annual International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium – An Additive Manufacturing Conference

Publisher

University of Texas at Austin

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© Solid Freeform Fabrication

Copyright date

2018

Language

en

Location

Austin, Texas, USA

Event dates

13th August 2018 - 15th August 2018

Depositor

Dr Mazher Mohammed. Deposit date: 8 July 2020

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