As 3D printing becomes more popular for children, engineers, and creative adults, it raises two important questions: what can we do with the waste it produces, and how can we access more filament to create products using 3D printers?
To tackle these two questions, ReDeTec, the latest pitch on The Disruptors, has developed ProtoCycler, a machine that allows users to recycle waste plastic into valuable 3D printer filament that can be used again when printing.
Denon Osterman, co-founder at ReDeTec, says this recycler can make 3D printing more affordable and sustainable.
“Our vision is to see as much plastic recycled,” said Osterman. “But more importantly, as much creative empowerment as we can get. We want everyone, everywhere to be able to make what they want without having to worry about how much it’ll cost, how many tries it’ll take them.”
Co-host Bruce Croxon said ProtoCycler seems like a great product, but ReDeTec still needs to assess the product’s market size.
“I’m waiting for this 3D printer thing to take off,” said Croxon. “Is it a niche product for a niche market? But there’s nothing not to like about the concept of reusing material rather than trashing it.”
Watch the full pitch below:
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