In late 2015, founder and director of Filamentive, Ravi Toor, recognised a need for change in the 3D printing market. After studying an environment-based degree and having run a 3D printing business previously, Ravi realised that the high quality filament in the market was not sustainable, and the recycled filament options were not up to standard. Upon realisation, Ravi sought to create a new brand of filament, which simultaneously addresses environmental impact and the need for high quality to meet the needs of the 3D printing market. Following support from the University of Leeds, as well as external funding awards and grants, Ravi was able to research, explore and develop his idea into action, growing Filamentive from ‘paper to product’.
What the world needs
There is a clear environmental need for recycled filament globally. For instance, did you know, 90% of all plastics we use come from non-renewable sources? As 3D printing grows, this will only exacerbate the issue. Yes PLA is plant-based but it is not the answer – bioplastics (such as PLA) compete for land with food crops and biofuels and so without proper management, the demand for 3D printing filament could challenge food and energy security. In landfill, PLA can take hundreds of years to break down naturally.
Recycled filament – The solution?
Make use of what we already have. Polymer extrusion creates waste – such as failed runs, off cuts and excess material. At Filamentive, we partner with expert polymer extrusion firms. Those that make fishing lines, fencing wire and of course 3D printing filament. We ensure only homogeneous waste is used to be remanufactured into recycled PLA (rPLA) filament. We have also created synergies with local recycled partners that produce the best quality, recycled pellets for use as feedstock for other Filamentive materials, such as recycled ABS filament and recycled PETG filament. In addition, learn more about how recycled filament is made here.
3D printing market
There is also a clear market demand for recycled 3D printer filament:
- 98% of 3D printer users believe recycling is important
- 93% would buy recycled filament
- Two-thirds of those are motivated by environmental reasons
- Most 3DP consumerswould pay at or above the market price for typical filament
Our market reception has been incredibly positive. (just search Filamentive on YouTube to see what the experts have had to say). In regards to our current customers, 94% have said that Filamentive is either a very high quality or high quality filament
We are passionate about pioneering sustainability in desktop 3D printing. With our high standards of quality and customer service, we offer a proposition like no other.