Color = Recycled Color (from black to dark grey to brown... random)
Due to the reclaimed nature of this filament while it is rare there have been cases of slight bumps or uneven lumps in the filament - this is just part of the reclaimed nature of this filament made from failed prints, old spools and shop waste material.
Trademarked Ingeo PLA Resin
Low to NO odor
Stronger than other PLA Filaments
No Heated Bed Required
Vacuumed Sealed With Desiccant
No jamming when swapping between ABS and PLA
Low moisture absorption
Eco-Freindly resin annually sustainable plant based resin
Recycled 3D Printer Filament
ReClaim and Re-Use with MakerGeeks
July 25th, 2016 - For Immediate Release:
Oh happy day to you... all you Makers out there... hope the week is going great and you are having a productive summer so far. Hard to think that it's almost back to school time - this year is flying by that's for sure!
Well, I had something on my mind today and wanted to share with you some thoughts on our industry of plastic manufacturing; in a word TRASH... oh man, the waste we as plastics manufactures generate is pretty epic. As an industry around 20% of the finished product is waste ... from machine clean outs to material changeovers to just 'dialing in' new product runs we see a lot of waste.
Our shop is ahead of the pack as an industry with only about 10% of our 3D filament manufacturing finding its way to the dumpster - however think about some raw numbers... if we process say just an average of 30,000lbs of 3D filament each month then 10% of that is 3,000lbs of wasted plastic EACH MONTH... that's crazy talk and horrible for the environment.
Something needs to be done, and to be honest... nothing is being done at all; as an industry the 3D printer filament manufactures are just taking this 'waste' as a part of the business.
Well, not anymore and not after today... MakerGeeks.com and our manufacturing plant in Springfield, MO is taking this scrap, separating it daily into large containment bins for PLA, ABS, HIPS, Raptor Resin, PETG or others and then using our shiny brand new plastics granulator (waahhooo, new equipment glow over here!!!) and we are granulating this into raw plastic pellets again so we can re-extrude this plastic into usable high-tolerance 3D printer filament.
These re-claimed pellets have to be cleaned and re-dried to negative 40f dew-point for over 10hours in order to produce the highest tolerance filament just like all our filaments but what you'll be left with is a 3D Filament line that will be producing only a fraction of a % of waste and will be cutting our landfill foot print to nearly ZERO.
Not only all this but MakerGeeks.com has made a commitment to donate  tree planted with the Arbor Day Foundationwith each spool of reclaimed 3D printer filament sold ... so each spool you buy keeps 2.2lbs of plastic out of the landfill AND also gives our planet one extra tree for future generations to enjoy! Talk about a WIN - WIN!!
MakerGeeks has been looking to offer this service honestly since we started but until now the cost to add these machines and processes to our plant had financially looked like, well... Mt. Everest - but with recent growth the investment timing was perfect so we jumped in with both feet and we are BUZZING with excitement on this new project!!
We will be using this re-claimed filament in our all-new 'RE' line of filaments - so you'll be able to know which filaments are re-claimed and which are virgin, pure, first run filaments. Look for our new RE-PLA, RE-ABS, RE-PETG and RE-Raptor over the next few weeks.
Thank you again for all you as Makers do out there in the community and THANK YOU for using MakerGeeks and our Maker Filament brand 3D printer filaments for those amazing projects. I hope the RE-Line of 3D Filaments will be a blessing to you as well as draw a line in the sand for other 3D Printer filament manufactures both here and abroad to watch the waste, keep an eye on that dumpster and maybe help to start a dialog at their plants to talk a little trash!!
3D Printing Facts, Tips, Tricks & Other Bottom of the Page Nuggets from MakerGeeks.com
What Temperature to 3D Print your Filament at?
While each 3D Printer is different and you will need to play around with the temps to get the best print here are some starter temps for you; these are all temperature profiles that are verified and confirmed print temps on the MakerGeeks.com 3D Printers (9 different machines from pre-built D3 and D4 to our own DIY custom Reprap printers) with the actual filament we sell to you... so they will get you 99% of the way there!
This one is a multi-faceted answer but here are the basics:
Your print bed has to be level!! I mean, spend some time on this one... if it isn't level like a... well... like something that's really level - then your print won't stick and it won't come out looking right.
Next... CLEAN, CLEAN, then RE CLEAN, have a sandwich and a soda-pop and then CLEAN again... use acetone and a lint free towel to make sure your print surface is clean and free from oils and dirt.
If you are having a hard time printing on glass try using some Kapton tape as that will give you a little better stick
If you have a heated print surface... TURN IT ON!! Even when the filament used might not call for it, I always turn on my heat bed (who doesn't like a warm bed!!); even if it's just 40c it will really help. For PLA normally you'll want about 60c and for ABS you'll want 110c
For ABS 3D Printing room temperature really matters... you need to keep your entire build warm; so if you can't print out in a warm room try putting a box over the printer to keep that build area as warm as possible.
Try making "ABS Juice" - just add some scrap ABS filament to a bottle of acetone and let it dissolve and then use that to clean your print surface as normal; the dissolved ABS will give your printer extra STICK OR you can use "Aqua-Net Super Hold" hair spray (must be this brand to work right)... just clean your board as always and then lightly spray the Aqua-Net on the print board and print away (this method is my favorite as it seems to work best for me!)
KEEP trying!! You'll get it and once you do have it dialed in then you have it forever... each printer is different; make sure you make notes of what works and what doesn't for each filament you use and each printer you have. So, in the future when you want to print out that EPIC "Yogi Bear" figurine in MakerGeeks.com Blue you know what to set up your GCODE for.
What is the main differences between PLA and ABS 3D Printer Filament?
The main difference between PLA filament and ABS filament is that ABS is produced from fossil fuels and PLA is derived from biological resources, which makes PLA plastic biodegradable. Check out this 3D Printing Filament Impact Test -- PLA vs ABS vs PETG vs Sledgehammer (click here to watch the videos)!! When it comes to 3D printing the key differences between ABS and PLA are:
PLA is a rigid liquid and ABS is a crystallized liquid, meaning that when heated ABS transits slowly from a gel to liquid and PLA transits direct from solid to liquid.
ABS is more flexible and PLA is more solid, meaning when stressed PLA will snap sooner.
PLA is more glossy looking consumable than ABS (see photos when selecting your material).ÔŅĹ
Wow, you have a 1kg spool of filament... SO What! How much actual filament is that??
Big question of the day is... how long is a spool of 3D Printing Filament!? Hummmmm, I think even Blinky the wise old MakerGeeks.com owl might have a hard time with that question but never fear... we have the answer!!
... and what does that mean to me and you!! Well, check this out... if you are printing with 3.00mm filament for a iPhone case you need about 2,700mm of filament; for a EPIC Starship Enterprize Model you'll need about 12,000mm of 3D Filament and for a full Kossel 3D Printer Kit we normally use about 50,000mm of filament. Another way to look at it according to MakerBot is that 1 spool of 3D Filament produces about 392 full sized chess pieces. Whoa... that's a lot of chess!!
Don't forget... Print Happy @ MakerGeeks.com Now, go tell 5 friends and 3 total strangers that MakerGeeks.com is beyond EPIC!!! (thank you)
3D Printing Filament MSDS Sheets
Maker Geeks Manufacturing, Inc. is located in beautiful Springfield, MO and is one of the first and only large scale producers of 3D printer filament in the USA ....we want to make sure you have all the data you need to safely use our products. A lot of time and love go into each spool that our tradesmen make here at our plant and we hope you enjoy ¬†and make something really cool with your new Maker Filament!!
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