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3D-Fuel Introduces New Composite Material Made From Trash

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3D-Fuel continues to demonstrate dedication to developing new and interesting materials for the 3D printing market and the maker movement at large. New Landfillament is 3D-Fuel’s latest composite filament, made from upcycled municipal solid waste (MSW).

On location, the MSW, from which metals have been removed, is run through a process called pyrolysis – a thermochemical decomposition of organic material at high temperatures in the absence of oxygen. During pyrolysis a char byproduct is created.

11-16-16-landfillament-300 The black char byproduct can be used for many things, including composite plastic 3D printing filament. The gas byproducts produced in this process are also captured for new uses. Because of this process, each spool of Landfillament sequesters .909lbs of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) which is the equivalent amount of greenhouse gas emitted by a car driven 1.1 miles.

“We love that all our c2composites have a great story behind them. Lots of other creators value the story behind their materials. Like a carpenter using old barnwood or a sculptor using clay from their favorite beach. Why can’t 3D printing have that?” says Jake Clark, COO of 3DomFuel North America.

As with all 3D-Fuel’s c2composites line of materials, Landfillament is a collaboration with fellow Fargo based biocomposites company, c2renew. Previously released materials in this line are Wound Up (coffee based filament), Buzzed (beer based) and Entwined (hemp).

Landfilament will be sold on 500 gram spools. Because of its carbon char base, dense black is actually its natural color. 3D-Fuel has posted on its Thingiverse page, a desktop trashcan design for anyone wanting to make a garbage can out of garbage.

About 3DomFuel

In early 2016, the filament manufacturers 3Dom USA, 3Dom Europe, and 3D-Fuel united to form 3DomFuel, maker of the 3D-Fuel brand. This new company has increased production and R&D capabilities, and a renewed focus on materials development.

About c2renew
c2renew uses proprietary bio-composite formulations to design materials, compounds and parts that satisfy demanding engineering specifications. With our technologies, you can take advantage of low-cost, renewable resources while meeting, maintaining, or even improving upon the mechanical properties you require. Our bio-composite material compounds are made from agricultural residuals along with recycled or virgin plastics from petroleum or renewable resources.

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Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.
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