How do you shred a failed print?
If you’ve got large failed print pieces, place them on a sturdy surface, cover with a towel, and smash them with a mallet until they are small chunks. If you used a larger pan, you can seal the plastic with a food safe resin and use as a cutting board.
What do you do with failed 3D prints?
Reuse 3D Printed Waste Turn your 3D printed waste into new spools using a 3D printer filament recycler. The typical recycler will smash failed prints into smaller pieces, melt them down, and force the liquid plastic through an opening. The hot plastic is then cooled down and coiled onto a reel.
What do you need for a plastic shredder?
Bear in mind, to chew and grind up plastic, we will need a pretty powerful motor and a gear drive train thats mostly metal or as little plastic as possible. This shredder seemed to have both so it worked for me.
Can a 3D printer be used as a shredder?
Also, with 3D printers in the <$500 zone and filament spools in <$30 zone, the logic of spending $1000< for essentially recycling <$1 waste and all the time and labor didn’t particularly entice me. It turns out that paper shredders also use the same mechanism. Check out some of these videos:
How does a plastic shredder for 3D filament work?
Cut a slot into each pipe, sharpen the edges of the inner pipe’s slot, and spin the inner pipe with a bit of mechanical leverage — or you can get fancy and automate it with a high-torque geared motor. The shredded plastic does seem a bit big, but you could have various sizes of pipe in order to get it down to a smaller granule size.
Can a strip cut paper shredder be used?
STRIP CUT PAPER SHREDDERS WILL NOT WORK for this project ( 3 types of shredders ). I already tried to bust open mine and replace the inner wheels with grooved washers and the like but its just not worth the effort.