The Material can be used in 3D printing without sacrificing price or performance, as Jiangsu Jinghe Hi-Tech Company claims. The straw based plastic is made from dried crops – straw, such as wheat, rice or corn straw. It’s then mixed with plastic and plastic additives (polypropylene, a silane coupling agent and ethylene). The mixture is then extruded into granules.
The plastic granules can be heated up to 160 to 180° C for injection moulding. Using special filament extruders the company has turned these plastic granules into filament for 3D printers. Compared with traditional PLA, the straw-based plastic is cheaper and produces less carbon emissions. This might even be better than PLA.
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