Taipei’s Mobile 3D Printer

By on March 21st, 2014 in Usage

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Fabraft, a Taipei-based design company has combined 3D printing, trash picking and a bicycle to create something very unusual.

The firm has mounted a battery-powered 3D printer on a bicycle, which roves around the streets of Taipei. The bike stops to pick up scrap plastic in the form of waste cups and bottles. 

These are fed into a shredder, which produces a fine plastic powder for use in the portable 3D printer. 

On the spot, within a “couple of hours”, art is produce. Trash is transformed into beauty. 

We think this is an interesting project, but not one that could be done for the long term. It would also be helpful if printing didn’t take so long. In any case, Taipei’s streets are slightly less cluttered with plastic trash. 

Via GMA News