Recyclebot

About our Project:

The Recyclebot is a 3D printing filament extruder device capable of converting plastic to 3-D printing filament. The purpose of this project is to help reduce plastic waste by using recycled plastic to create 3D printer filament. 

Our Goals: 

  1. The entire device will have design files originated entirely from free and open source software. 

Completed

  1. The device shall have a means of melting and extruding plastic pellets.

Completed

  1. The device shall have a means of cooling the extruded plastic.

Completed

  1. The device shall have a means of measuring the extruded plastic to ensure the diameter stays constant.

Completed

  1. The device shall be capable of guiding the filament and winding it onto a spool.

Completed

  1. The device shall have an adjustable hopper size and shape.

Completed

  1. The device shall have embedded features for cable management.

Completed

Value-Added Goals:

  1. The device can use recycled plastic to make 3d-printer filament.

Not-Completed

  1. The device can be controlled with a program interface rather than manual hand tuning.

In progress – motors are controlled by Arduino instead of manually

  1. The device will have heating control integrated with the program interface.

Not-Completed

  1. The device will be able to create commercial grade filament.

Not-Completed

Steps Taken: 

  • Modify Arduino code to implement control of DC spool motor
  • Experiment with alternative hopper design prototypes
  • Implement temperature reading into Arduino code to display on OLED display
  • Implement filament diameter reading into Arduino code to display on OLED display

Resources:

Description:Link:
Research paper about the original RecyclebotResearch Paper
OSF repository from original RecyclebotOSF Repository

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