There are a few options.
Machines are available which grind the used plastic into fine pieces, melt it down, and extrude it as filament to be reused. Filabot is perhaps the most well known.
Depending on where you live the local recycling programs may accept PLA or ABS. They will then shred it and melt it down for reuse.
PLA is bio-degradable so you can put ...
This is not a good idea. Both filaments have different melting points, that of ABS being much higher than that of PLA. To melt the ABS you have to heat the plastic to the point where the PLA starts to degrade.
The "obvious" answer is re-grinding the prints and making more filament. Unfortunately, this isn't yet a very economical or simple operation. A decent filament extruder capable of holding acceptable diameter tolerances is around $1000, and even then they can be pretty fidgety to operate. You have to have a LOT of volume throughput in your filament extruder ...
It will be very difficult to find a recycling facility that will accept your 3D prints, because they're mainly set up to handle packaging material (which constitutes the vast majority of plastic waste) such as bottles. If you sent your 3D prints to your municipal recycling programme they would at best sort it out from the packaging material and incinerate it,...
Weld the fragment to the beginning of a new spool and use it that
way. Most are made from metal so they aren't that easy to make
at home. Here is another answer that lists other methods to
weld filament including using heat shrink tubing.
As you mentioned, you can use it for friction welding.
Use it for pin/studs/rivets/hinges in prints.
Throw it away. 1....
Quality depends on 3 things:
Quality of pellets (purity, fillers, color)
Where/how they are stored before and during the extrusion (humidity, contaminants)
Have a filter in your extruder to get rid of random junk and air bubbles ending up in your filament (250 micron wire mesh filter)
There's no secret formula the filament producing companies have, they ...
Here is a great article on the subject, How to make your own filament by recycling old 3D prints | Part 1.
At $20/kg for new material, it is going to be hard for recycling to break even; but, if the cost is not your concern, there are some options.
Here is another creative option that I just saw... Cue amazing electric guitar riff:
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This question has been asked on just about every forum out there. Here's one example from filabot.com .
The reality however, is that this process will take several hundred
years in a typical landfill. To biodegrade, PLA requires a laundry
list of conditions to effectively break down. Specifically - oxygen, a
temperature of 140+ degrees *[Fahrenheit ...
You can basically use any machine that pulverizes your pellets into small pieces.
One guy on 3dhubs, explained it in details.
My conclusion is that you can recycle everything using this data gathered from research up in link there.
Also, you can use any plastic material and pulverize it into pellets (even from the bottles) and you can try to do this ...
If you're more interested in the recycling and reuse aspect than the re-print aspect, you could melt all the scrap filament onto a cookie sheet or into a bar (like in a bread ban). You could then manually work the material, or use a CNC machine to carve out your next thing.
This Youtube video refers to HDPE, but the same concept will apply to other ...
Simply put, PLA and ABS should not be mixed into a filament.
The most common issues most printers experience, such as delayering, warping, etc., are addressed completely differently based on the material you are working with. There are many examples of this, and I will attempt to go over some of the basic ones.
You will have extreme difficulty getting ...
Producing own filament is a challenging task. I see main pitfall in producing filament so it has same quality as you get in shop. You have to:
constant round-shape diameter
diameter tolerance ±0.05 mm
avoid bubbles and other defects
avoid object in filament (depends on pellets quality)
store pellets properly (high humidity is a problem)
Additionally you ...
The welding option is only appropriate if you have the tool needed for it, the lighter welding is really hard to do and if your printer allows it you could just watch for the moment the spool runs out and push the new filament as the last of the previous one gets extruded, that's what I used to do on my bowden extruder reprap and apart from a really ...
I ended up buying a little handheld 3D pen. It comes in handy when printing models that require assembly. You can use the leftover filament in the 3D pen. If you don't have a 3D pen, you can use a soldering iron (as long as you can control the temp) to weld items together. I works well for part repairs and assembly.
The 3D pens is also handy for quick ...
At Chaos Computer Club summit in Winter there was a talk from a Maker who recycled by himself.
How can be 3d printing a dual use technology? Print more things, produce less waste, save money!
You can see the talk here https://media.ccc.de/v/32c3-7321-re_cycle
Update: At Fabcon3D in Erfurt/Germany there presented two startups their prototype for filament ...
Filament made of Polylactic acid (PLA) is usually made of biological materials (such as corn), and can therefore be considered bio-degradable in most cases.
Whether the filament is 100% bio-degradable (and non-toxic for the surroundings) will depend on the specific formula used by each individual filament manufacturer. (Many manufacturers include various ...
I currently use the 60/40 recycling mix ratio and find that it works very well. I do however wonder if there is an even more effective ratio in order to recycle used powder. I currently discard all "cake" powder (powder remaining in the build piston) and am only "recycling" the push off powder. I found this paper but it's unclear if they are reusing just ...
https://preciousplastic.com/ Is a fantastic project that promotes plastic recycling into useful objects. They offer free blueprints, videos on how to build the recycling equipment, and offer suggestions on what to make of your recycled goods.
Personally, I am looking into making garden bricks or paver stones. I have not found the ideal temperatures or ...
there is a project called precious plastic and there is a plastic shredder, but it is a rather expensive solution.
As I am waiting for parts for my Lyman extruder, my plan is to hammer the parts and then process in old kitchen robot with steel working area, an example here
The paper shredder will be ok as long as you can feed it with plastic.
Based on the frequencies of most UV cure resins, your suggestion has merit. Other factors come into consideration, however.
These illumination devices have a limited life span. Running the UV diodes for the purpose of curing out the resin from the IPA will "use up" the portion of time otherwise useful for curing models.
Additionally, the UV light ...
You'll find generally that mixing 40% new polyamide with 60% recycled polyamide will result in a reasonable finish and part. You will obviously want to use all new for parts requiring the best possible finish and mechanical properties, but this mixture will be very difficult to tell apart from a fully new mixture part:
Mix 'em, let us know how you go. You're unlikely to damage your printer, and you're only 'wasting' scrap.
I suspect that if you mix in small quantities of ABS (30% or less) you'll end up with a PLA mix similar to a 'wood' or 'metal' PLA filament.
To that end, recommend trying to print with PLA settings first, and going from there.
Make sure you let us ...