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Landfillament: 3D Printing with Upcycled Trash

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Why not try 3D printing with garbage? Landfillament is a trash-based 3D printing filament made using upcycled Municipal Solid Waste (MSW).

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Filament maker 3D-Fuel continues to develop new and interesting materials for the 3D printing market. After using coffee, beer and hemp as the basis for their composite filaments, their latest innovation is created from upcycled municipal solid waste (MSW).

The new material is called Landfillment. And if the pun on “landfill” and “filament” hasn’t won you over, then the sustainable production process certainly will.

On location, metal is first removed from the MSW before undergoing a process called pyrolysis. According to 3D-Fuel, pyrolysis is a thermochemical decomposition of organic material at high temperatures in the absence of oxygen.

During pyrolysis, a char byproduct is created. The black char byproduct can be used for many things, including the creation of a composite plastic 3D printing filament.

Watch the video below to learn more:

Landfillament Helps Reduce Greenhouse Emissions

An added bonus of pyrolysis is that the gas byproducts produced in this process are also captured for new uses.

3D-Fuel claims that each spool of Landfillament, for example, is sequestering .909lbs of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent). That’s the equivalent amount of greenhouse gases emitted by a car driving for 1.1 miles.

Jake Clark, COO of 3DomFuel North America, says:

“We love that all our c2composites have a great story behind them. Lots of other creators value the story behind their materials. Like a carpenter using old barnwood or a sculptor using clay from their favorite beach. Why can’t 3D printing have that?”

Similar to the rest of 3D-Fuel’s composites line, Landfillament is the result of a long-time collaboration with biocomposites company c2renew. Previous fruits of this partnership have been Wound Up (coffee-based filament), Buzzed (beer-based) and Entwined (hemp).

Landfilament will be sold on 500 gram spools for $39.99. We’re not clear on any special properties of the filament, except the dense black color that’s a byproduct of the carbon char base.

To celebrate the release, 3D-Fuel has also shared to Thingiverse a model of a desktop trashcan. In a nice bit of symmetry, anyone who wants to make a garbage can out of garbage now has the option to do so.

Source: 3D-Fuel