Cleaning Up the Beaches with Project Seafood – Ultimaker: 3D Printing Story

My name is Fabian And together with Jennifer and our
mobile recycling and 3D printing laboratory We are Project Seafood We are both from Switzerland And we’ve been on the road for six months,
first through Spain and now in Morocco With our van, which is both our home and atelier,
we drive from beach to beach to collect plastic waste We do not collect all kind of plastics –
only those we can process with our machines Because we found so much of it on the beaches We started focusing on High Density
Polyethylene with recycling code 2 We start by washing the plastic objects Then let them dry in the sun before we
shred them into small flakes by hand Hand-shredding the way we currently do is a very
physical task, because we have to repeat the process Many times before the flakes pass our sieve
and are small enough for the next step On the other hand it is cool because we do not need electricity for the shredding It does not make a lot of noise and we can do it everywhere And, last but not least, it is a good workout for surfing We feed the flakes into our extruder which produces
filament of a more or less stable diameter Today we can create filament of quite good quality,
which was not always the case The way we 3D print recycled objects today
is still time-consuming But we like that every 3D printed artefact
has a unique color and quality and is not just made with plastic
from a factory anywhere We tag every print with its geographical origin,
the source object and its recycling code One of our first actually usable artefacts
made from 100% recycled plastic waste Is a wax comb for surfing To obtain a balance between design and stability
we printed this comb in two layer-parts The first half of layers is printed
using a default cross pattern And the second half follows a manually
designed path of the wave Due to the warping and delamination of the recycled
HDPE material we have to tweak it a little to work That’s why we are glad that the Ultimaker Original
3D Printer can be easily modified So it can be optimized for many special
applications such as ours It survived everything, even though we used it in a heavy
environment, drove around bumpy dirt roads Exposed it to salty seabreezes and fed it
‘freestyle’ filament with grains of sand in it

6 comments on “Cleaning Up the Beaches with Project Seafood – Ultimaker: 3D Printing Story”

  1. Mohamed Belkamel says:


  2. Mohamed Belkamel says:

    i am from morocco

  3. Mannedavid | SecondFaceTV says:


  4. noayoub1 says:

    A big thanks from Morocco. 🙂

  5. golos says:

    super!!! +1000 🙂

  6. Alex Barker says:

    Well done guys! I love the idea. I hope we can clean up our oceans completely some day 🙂

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