UBQ Materials, climate tech developer of advanced materials made from unsorted household waste, has created the first ever waste-based 3D filament made with UBQ, the company's climate positive thermoplastic, which it developed in partnership with Plastics App, a leading R&D company in tailor-made applicative innovation for polymers and plastics. The novel filament brings a new sustainable option to the additive manufacturing space by enabling 3D printing with a significantly reduced carbon footprint. The company has recently won a sustainability reward for their product.
"3D printing enables manufacturers across industries the option to design complex products with near immediate customizations that otherwise might be impossible to produce using conventional manufacturing methods," said Tato Bigio, Co-CEO and Co-founder of UBQ Materials. "The use of UBQ in the printing filament offers manufacturers the ability to gain the benefits of 3D printing, while capitalizing on the reduced carbon footprint enabled by UBQ. With this innovation, 3D printing may become the most environmentally conscious means of production available." For further information see the IDTechEx report on 3D Printed Materials Market 2020-2030: COVID Edition.
UBQ Materials converts unsorted landfill-destined waste, including all organics, into a fully recyclable thermoplastic that substitutes oil-based resins for manufacturing. 3D printing has typically relied on oil-based thermoplastics. With the UBQ-based 3D filaments, manufacturers can take full advantage of the flexibility and cost-efficiency of 3D printing, while maintaining a low-carbon footprint for eco-conscious production.
Source and top image: UBQ Materials