3D printer filament created from recycled CDs and DVDs

Recycling is a process to change waste materials into
new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the
consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energy usage, reduce air pollution and
water pollution by reducing the need for “conventional” waste
disposal, and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to plastic production. 

CDs are small and thin but they sure start to take up a lot of space after a
lifetime of collecting them. These days, music has gone digital and just like
cassette tapes were taken out of stores; someday soon CDs are sure to see the
same fate. Before you race to the nearest trash can and dump out all of your
old CDs, know that CDs are recyclable despite how many end up polluted
landfills each year.

Credit: reShootz
A growing number of companies that are turning consumer
waste into prosumer gold and the latest is reShootz, which will turn your old
CDs and DVDs into 3D printing filaments. reShootz is a spin-off of
Washington-based GreenDisk, a company that has been recycling electronic media
for the past 22 years.  Now, with
reShootz, the company plans to convert that waste into 3D printing filament. David
Beschen, founder of GreenDisk and one of reShootz’s principals, says of the new
company, “We were pleased to see how important sustainable practices and
products are to the 3D printing community. Producing high quality, premium
grade filament from this special set of recycled plastics is a natural. If
someone wants to produce a product they will want the option of producing one
that will qualify as environmentally preferred.”
Along with an increasing selection of 3D printers that
now exist for literally every type of user, the amount of filaments that have
been coming to market has also been seeing a dramatic increase in recent
memory.  Not only has MakerBot announced
that they are expanding their line of Composite PLA filaments which will
include limestone, maple, bronze and iron-fused filaments, but Made in Space
has even began selling the same space-approved filament that helped a range of
3D printed objects make headlines late last year.  Now, a new filament company has a
high-quality filament that’s made from a piece of technology that most people
probably don’t see too often anymore: CDs and DVDs.
“You have to understand the history of the
material and its unique characteristics to produce a quality product,” said
Mickey Friedman, a reShootz principal. “Over the years, we’ve learned how to
best take advantage of this particular set of recycled plastics, and thanks to
the need for a tight audit trail, we know how they were made and where they
came from.”
With this in mind, it should come with little surprise
that quality of utmost importance to reShootz – something that is undeniably
difficult when you have a range of different discarded material coming from
multiple sources.  To help ensure that
the quality is maintained throughout the process and into the final product,
the company will focus on consistent flow, temperature and drying speed of
their final product to ensure that the shape and diameter are up to their
standards for being usable with most existing 3D. The company will launch the
recycled filament in three separate product lines, which will include
Performance, Production and Play. 
The reShootz Production line will feature filaments for
more generalized 3D printing work and will consist of recycled versions of
commonly-used existing filaments including ABS plastic, among others.  Finally, the reShootz Play line will consist
of novelty filaments such as Sparkle, which will be made from whole discs and
all of the included materials, which will give the material a sparkle
appearance.  
The company is planning on launching a Kickstarter
campaign for their Vüz filament later this summer but will be releasing the
filament in advance for those who want a sample. (Source: reShootz)

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