3D printing is all the rage now. These devices allow people to manufacture small items on their desktop, but there’s a problem. Most printers use plastic as their medium, and all of that material has to come from somewhere.
The new printer is part of the Ekocycle sustainability initiative, which also enjoys support from Coca-Cola and will.i.am. It’s based on an existing design, the Cube 3, but can only print filament that’s partially made from recycled plastic.
It uses cartridges that contain about 25 percent post-consumer PET material from plastic bottles, so you can’t just shovel your leftover Coke bottles into a hopper to make it work.
You can, however, make various designs including rings, guitar cases, and phone picks, all of which come pre-programmed into the Ekocycle Cube. It can print objects up to six inches in size and with a 70-micron resolution. The filament comes in black, red, white, and natural colors.
The Ekocycle Cube is expected to launch later this year with a starting price of $1,200.