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Make your own filament from plastic scrap. FilaMaker

by thymark, published

Make your own filament from plastic scrap. FilaMaker by thymark Feb 12, 2012

Description

What is FilaMaker. It is a personal filament producing machine what grind old plastic and make new filament for your 3D printer. You can produce standard 1,75 mm or 3 mm filament with changing only one nozzle. FilaMaker is working with hight pressure and that is why he can work with lower temperature than competitive extruders what prevent degradation of plastic.
FilaMaker use powerful hand driven mini grinder from Tool steel what can grind all types of plastic products and if necessarily can deal with aluminum cans or Electronic products like circuit boards. You can process ABS, PLA, PP or PE without any intervention to ektruder It works with plastic pellets or with crushed plastic. This system is being developed for future expansion to a Plastic Moulding Machine and also is in plan to produce Plastic micro pellets or plastic powder using Rayleigh Disturbances.

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Can you make a version that would be enough to shred PLA and ABS plastic ?
I dont want to pay for a unit price of which is based on its ability to crash a car.
If you know a 3D printer for this price, but one what really works let me know, I buy two of them.
i was wrong... but newest link do work

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Instructions

If you are interested about this project, you can watch the progress on :
http://www.facebook.com/FilaMaker

On this page you can see the progress of this project and actual status.
You can write your comments...

It is done : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHBvmQ4ecH0

Can you make a version that would be enough to shred PLA and ABS plastic ?
I dont want to pay for a unit price of which is based on its ability to crash a car.
any chance that the shredders will drop in price? they cost almost the same as a 3d printer
If you know a 3D printer for this price, but one what really works let me know, I buy two of them.
Hey,

Are you still selling the mini shredders? If so, I would be interested in buying one.
this link is dead.
i was wrong... but newest link do work
and so should it be... its a link for another product....
Hi, I am at Maker faire Rome with this machine and showing how to actual turn your failed prints to filament.
There are a lot new videos about this project, just go to facebook.com/FilaMaker and have a look. And for those what want see it on they own eyes, just come to Maker Faire in Rome at October 2013.
And the best test : youtube.com/watch?v=yrGFVoUenkM
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So, this project have STOP, but I have good news, I work now on filabot, and making new shredder for it. The new shredder is different from this one, it is silent and without vibrations. Updates come.

filabot.com./
This is 1st video, you can see here the crusher for plastic.

I have made for test the holder from wood and Screws for wood to show how easy it go.

The drilling machine is running at 2500 rpm and it is small 450 W drilling machine.

youtu.be/xOw2zNY9lg0
A little feedback will be nice. *DONT_KNOW*
I love it. This will change 3d printing for sure. One thought, instead of machining a cutter, perhaps a stack of 4" carbide table saw blades with spacers in between. They are under $5 each and could be individually replaced. harborfreight.com/4-24-tooth-carbide-tipped-circular-saw-blade-68400.html
Or a little smaller, something like this: infinitytools.co.uk/cgi-bin/trolleyed_public.cgi?action=showprod_61501

if spaced correctly two could be counter rotating or maybe just one with a static cutter to one side (reduces cost).

Maybe look at the way a cross cut paper shedder works?
So, the schredder is done, testing have made me a lot of fun. Now is time to make the extruder. When is the extruder done, than I will make some videos How to make filament from plastic scrap. :-D
Any chance of a video of the shredder in action :D
Yes when there are more people what cant wait, i can make a video tomorrow.

All what cant wait like this comment...
Today is the day when I build the shredder 1st time together and test it... :-D :-D :-D
Hi, I have made a page for this project, you can see there how it go further. ;)

thymark.com/#!__filament

If the link dont work correct than copy and paste to your web browser.
You may want to have a look at Filabot (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rocknail/filabot-plastic-filament-maker), it's already funded and being produced.
Hi, I have see this "Filabot" but I do not believe that they build it faster than I and I have a bad feeling about that project. They are on start and have a lot of work ahead. I make this things otherwise, I build a working prototype, show that it work and then I make a Crowd-funding action to raise money for new tools and bringing the price more down.
I think 156 people think otherwise.
People are different, and think differently, This is how the world works. ;)
Please add this to the Plastic Recycling wiki page: wiki.makerbot.com/plastic-recycling

One of these days it will be worked out. Personally, I think pellets might work better because the filament width issue is eliminated. Of course pellets have their own challenges... :-P

Here's an interesting blog post on creating a custom formulated ABS filament: haveblue.org/?p=841
I have also been working on some plans to get a filament extruder going. Still a while off, but I will publish here on Thingiverse when I have something to show.

Most of my work focused on the filament width control.
I am really looking forward to having something like this.. I have even started to collect all my dead prints ready for recycling :)
I collect plastic from electrical household appliances, there is a big dumpster be me with a lot of ABS plastic now, that is why I make now this project real, hahaha there is no place to collect more.
Oh I was making a similar machine to make filament, but I can't get consistency in the width right now :(
I'd be interested in recycling plastic into new filament, but that consistency is going to be a killer. It's hard to make inconsistent filament work well, and given how much variation I see in some of the commercial filament I have to think this is a hard problem.
It make me happy that there are some people what Like it and are interested in me project. Some parts like bearings and material is ordered, and next week I will have all necessary for the construction of shredder and some parts for extruder. Me english is not very good just wait for model and have a look. You can have a look on me work to see that I am not only dreamer. hahaha grabcad.com/marcus--2
You can watch the progress and learn how to do it. Do you have some link to your experiment or you have not published it yet. ;)
It was not published, but thingiverse.com/thing:17454 this is the model from weeks ago. The peltier cell I bought to test arrived with a corner damaged and was not working :( but for the moment my test are very primitive
ABS 3 mm extruder prototype
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