Tom’s Guide reports that 3D Systems “officially announced the EKOCYCLE Cube, a consumer 3D printer that uses filament partly comprised of recycled plastic bottles. It will sell in the second half of 2014 for $1,199.”
Users will be unable to recycle their own plastic bottles right into filament. Instead, “consumers must purchase filament from 3D Systems, which is partially comprised of recycled bottles. 3D Systems hasn’t yet specified a price for the filament.”
The EKOCYCLE Cube itself will have a print resolution of 70 microns, “which is on the finer end of average for recent consumer-level 3D printers. It can print objects up to 6 inches cubed in volume and has two extruders for multi-color printing.”
This recycled filament is 25% made “from recycled 20-ounce PET plastic bottles.”
Admittedly it’s not much, but it is a step in the right direction for sustainable 3D printing.
Photo and Quotes Courtesy of Tom’s Guide