6 months, 2 weeks ago
3D printing is good for The Environment
It really is. And yes, although it involves heating up plastic and takes a lot of time on balance it can do so much good around the home and office it really is one of the real new ‘green’ technologies. I’m more than happy to help you in your efforts to reduce/reuse/recycle through the medium of 3D printing.
I’ve mentioned this before, in fact it was in my first ever blog post on this site, but 3D printing is a real bonus around the home and can save you a ton of money. The best example of this is a real-life story; I have a friend who had a really old boiler in his house, which had been there for decades and worked perfectly well but whose only fault was that the control knob had long ago stripped its thread and therefore was useless. It was way out of production and specialist part spares, such as the knob, were almost impossible to find. This meant that his only choice to operate it was by turning the spindle using pliers, which was not only inconvenient but was actively hurting his hand and wrist. The solution to this was simple; he gave me the old control knob, I took the required measurements and made him a brand-new 3D printed version. Once fitted the boiler was back to being perfectly functional, so spending a small amount of money getting a brand new part custom made saved the large amount of money involved in buying a new boiler, removing and disposing of the old one and then installing and commissioning the new one. Less waste, less hassle, more heat!
This can be repeated all around the home, and maybe not always in ways you can immediately think of. For instance do you have lots of small devices which need to be organised (such as the example in the slideshow of my Apple TV, Airport Express and the LAN switcher for all the various devices around my TV)? That special little modular stacking system took maybe an hour to design, about four hours to print and five minutes to assemble and now I don’t have cables all over the place anymore! Do you have laminate flooring and need custom-made floor protectors for your furniture? 3D printing to the rescue. Do you have elderly or disabled family members who need large-sized grips for cutlery but don’t want to go to the hassle of buying all new utensils? 3D printing can make them attachable handles which make the grip a lot easier.
So basically anytime you have one of those ‘what this really needs is….’ moments, 3D printing is there to help!