Seattle entrepreneur to crowdfund 3D printing machine that uses recycled plastic as ink

By VCPOST Staff Reporter

Apr 20, 2014 10:01 PM EDT

Liz Havlin, an entrepreneur from Seattle, wants to turn recycled plastic into filament that could be used as "ink" for any mainstream 3D printer. To do that, she will soon launch a Kickstarter campaign to raise $30,000 for the development of the project, according to VentureBeat.

Havlin is developing a machine called the Legacy which is made of 3D printed parts. The device was designed by Hugh Lyman, who is also from Seattle. The total cost for building the machine using different parts is $250. The design is open-source to enable anyone to form their own desktop plastic recycling device, the report detailed.

The Kickstarter campaign of Havlin explains how the device works: "Legacy is based on Lyman's design and includes a self-winding filament spool apparatus so when you have the amount of filament you need for your project, you simply snip the end and put the spool on your 3D printer."

As of now, Havlin is putting together a business for turning recycled plastic into filament. The project also aims to provide jobs for people with developmental disabilities, in partnership with a local organization. In a couple of months, the Legacy plastic extruder will be sent to India in a bid to begin a worldwide recycling movement using the machine, VentureBeat reported.

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