Make your own filament from plastic scrap. FilaMaker

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


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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New link for user manual : http://issuu.com/marcusthymark...

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


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thymark on Mar 21, 2014 said:

New link for user manual : http://issuu.com/marcusthymark...

Aggresive on Oct 8, 2013 said:


Are you still selling the mini shredders? If so, I would be interested in buying one.

thymark on Mar 21, 2014 said:

check the www.filamaker.eu

thymark on Oct 11, 2013 said:

Just use this to do so : http://issuu.com/marcusthymark...

thymark on Oct 4, 2013 said:

Hi, I am at Maker faire Rome with this machine and showing how to actual turn your failed prints to filament.

thymark on Jul 17, 2013 said:

There are a lot new videos about this project, just go to http://www.facebook.com/FilaMa... 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.

thymark on Dec 11, 2012 said:
thymark on Oct 2, 2012 said:

New video out there...


thymark on May 6, 2012 said:

And the best test : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

thymark on May 5, 2012 said:

1st test of the new version : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

2th test : http://youtu.be/lBuTqE0Kqtk

thymark on May 1, 2012 said:

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.


thymark on Feb 29, 2012 said:

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.


thymark on Mar 2, 2012 said:

A little feedback will be nice. *DONT_KNOW*

thymark on Feb 22, 2012 said:

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

smartroad on Feb 27, 2012 said:

Any chance of a video of the shredder in action :D

thymark on Feb 20, 2012 said:

Today is the day when I build the shredder 1st time together and test it... :-D :-D :-D

thymark on Feb 17, 2012 said:

Hi, I have made a page for this project, you can see there how it go further. ;)


If the link dont work correct than copy and paste to your web browser.

QuantumConcepts on Feb 16, 2012 said:

You may want to have a look at Filabot (http://www.kickstarter.com/pro..., it's already funded and being produced.

thymark on Feb 16, 2012 said:

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.

TeamTeamUSA on Feb 13, 2012 said:

Please add this to the Plastic Recycling wiki page: http://wiki.makerbot.com/plast...

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: http://haveblue.org/?p=841

qharley on Feb 13, 2012 said:

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.

smartroad on Feb 13, 2012 said:

I am really looking forward to having something like this.. I have even started to collect all my dead prints ready for recycling :)

thymark on Feb 13, 2012 said:

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.

eried on Feb 12, 2012 said:

Oh I was making a similar machine to make filament, but I can't get consistency in the width right now :(

pleppik on Feb 12, 2012 said:

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.

thymark on Feb 12, 2012 said:

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. ;)