Since 3D printing is becoming an increasingly big deal, it was only a matter of time before someone starting using 3D printer filament for social good. Founded by MIT environmental engineering student Sidhant Pai, ProtoPrint offers 3D printing services to students and professionals in India.
Through their collaboration with Prune, India cooperative SWaCH, ProtoPrint helps the SWaCH employed waste pickers, who collect plastic bottles and separate recyclable and organic materials. These bottles are cleaned and run through a shredder, then melted down and spooled into filament reels. In this way, ProtoPrint's ethical 3D printer filament bridges technology and grassroots recycling.
The ProtoPrint pilot is in its final stages and the organization is preparing to launch by the end of this summer.
ProtoPrint is Bridging Technology and Grassroots Technology in India
1. Ethical 3D Printing - The use of 3D printer filament for social good by recycling plastic bottles and bridging technology and grassroots recycling.
2. Circular Economy - The process of collecting, cleaning, and recycling plastic bottles for filament production, promoting waste reduction and resource efficiency.
3. Socially Responsible Manufacturing - Integrating ethical practices into the manufacturing process by collaborating with waste pickers and supporting their livelihood.
1. 3D Printing - Opportunity for 3D printing companies to incorporate sustainable and socially responsible practices, such as using recycled materials in filament production.
2. Waste Management - The collaboration between ProtoPrint and SWaCH highlights the potential for waste management industries to implement innovative solutions for recycling and repurposing waste materials.
3. Social Entrepreneurship - Supporting and scaling initiatives like ProtoPrint opens up opportunities for social entrepreneurs to create sustainable businesses that benefit the environment and local communities.