3D Systems & Coca-Cola present EKOCYCLE Cube 3D printer that prints in recycled bottles
As soon as 3D Systems declared that the Black Eyed Peas rapper will.i.am had joined the 3DS as their Chief Creative Officer, will.i.am solicited a printer with which he could print components from recycled plastic. Recently 3D Systems have decided to team up with the Coca-Cola Company and will.i.am to develop the EKOCYCLE Cube – a consumer 3D printer that uses special filament partly consisting from recycled plastic bottles.
RPET filament is the flexible type of material that preserves full endurance. Each EKOCYCLE Cartridge is formed of 3 used Coca bottles, that is 25% of the filament contains recycled plastic. You can get cartridges of natural, white, red or black colours. The price for the cartridge is yet unknown. The printer itself is available at $1,199 and goes together with a free collection of 25 music, fashion and tech minded accessories, designed by will.i.am. The EKOCYCLE Cube 3D printer is characterized by high resolution of 70-micron at fast speeds and up to 6″ cubed in size, with strong support for compound prints and a wide range of auto settings. It is equipped with two extruders and quick Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The EKOCYCLE should not be viewed as a possibility for making, it is a revolutionary technology for Remaking, it is meant to change our way of thinking of recycling. As will.i.am noticed, the main aim of EKOCYCLE is to bring together the dominant and most effective brands from all over the world and to use art, technology and style to modify the overall culture. They are going to make recycling process funny and joyful. This will become the beginning of the fresh 3D printed lifestyle. They expect to start shipping EKOCYCLE Cube printers during of the second half of 2014.
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