EcoPrinting Demo

EcoPrinting Concept

See Engineers from Deakin’s Centre for Advanced Design in Engineering Training demonstrate their prototype ‘EcoPrinting’ technology. This innovative technology breaks down unwanted plastic into granules which are then converted to filament ready for printing on a standard 3D printer.  This innovative technology could have wide-reaching implications for developing countries faced with mounting rubbish problems and a lack of access to clean drinking water.

Investigation of minimised carbon footprint means of waste plastic upcycling through the use of 3D printing technology and renewable power generation.

Stages

  • Power generation by a fixed or portable renewable energy micro grid system - Solar/Wind power charging a battery power inverter system
  • Reclaiming and granulation of waste recyclable plastics, before conversion into 3D printer filaments
  • Use of filaments within a low-power consumption polymer melt extrusion 3D printer
  • Production of end components - Engineered parts, models, kitsch items, etc.
  • Repeat!

Current Objectives

  • Use in aid and disaster scenarios to produce failing water infrastructure parts from waste plastics found in the environment - Trial in the Solomon Islands in November
  • Characterisation of mechanical properties and printability of various commonly found recyclable plastics (HDPE, ABS, PET, etc)
  • Community and school engagement initiatives to spread awareness of the campaign and technology, with development of a complete system for use by individual users/groups.
Opening Times
Wed 3 Oct Exhibition 9.00am – 5.00pm
Thur 4 Oct Exhibition 9.00am – 5.00pm

Registration opens 8.00am

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