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Posted · ProtoCycler - Recycle Filament

Neat idea. But I read somewhere that each time you heat filament up, it looses some of it's (I think it was) elasticity, or properties or "some-such" So each time you recycle prints the material becomes further degraded, something if I recall correctly, to do about long chain molecules being cut up.... made me think of engine oil for some reason...

...let alone the dust and dirt that you'll likely be adding to the material while it's being ground? Hmm...

If I can find the link to the original article I'll post it up :-)

Certainly be interesting to try out though?

 

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Posted · ProtoCycler - Recycle Filament

That is a very good point... I didn't think about other things getting into the mix when you destroy your failed prints. But ya, post up the link to the loss of (insert property here) when you reheat it. That'd be interesting to see what people say about this when it comes out.

 

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Posted · ProtoCycler - Recycle Filament

Just been looking for it... I think I may have read it on my google+ feed but I'm not sure.

 

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Posted · ProtoCycler - Recycle Filament

Hmm... according to Wikipedia you can recycle PLA.... ?

"Polylactic acid can be recycled to monomer by thermal depolymerization or hydrolysis. When purified, the monomer can be used for the manufacture of virgin PLA with no loss of original properties"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polylactic_acid

 

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Posted · ProtoCycler - Recycle Filament

Yeah I also remember saw something like this. Most time recycled do not have the full characters of original material. Maybe PLA is better on this. PET definitely recyclable but it takes effort to purify it.

 

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