About this project
Introducing The Cruncher
Failed 3D prints? Crunch, Recycle, & Reuse!
The 3D printing industry has long-awaited a fully motorized 3D print reclaimer that could break down failed 3D prints into reusable material.
With that in mind, ExtrusionBot introduces our new and fully motorized 3D print recycler, “The Cruncher” - an industry first!
The Cruncher can be used in conjunction with the EB2 filament extruder or independently. This can be a game changer; making 3D printing even more versatile, affordable, and eco-friendly!
Alternatively The Cruncher can make material for any extruder out on the market - not just the EB2 or ExtrusionBot products. This gives you no limitations on your reclaiming possibilities.
The Cruncher is much more than just a print shredder. It is a true, miniaturized pelletizer. The internal classifier screen of The Cruncher ensures the total uniformity of crunched material as it is processed. This uniformed mixture provides more consistent sized pellets to your filament extrusion machine. Additionally, finer and more complex mixture ratios can be achieved using our 3D print recycler.
ExtrusionBot and 3D printing technology continue to revolutionize the way we “Make in America”. Would you like to be a part of this revolution?
We are currently offering multiple, varying packages to our Kickstarter backers. Your encouragement, social sharing, and funding has helped us to succeed in the past... so to our Kickstarter community and backers, we extend our sincere thanks for your continued support!
3 Easy Steps!
Extend the lifecycle of your 3D printing materials again and again. Failed or unwanted prints can be broken down in The Cruncher, extruded with the EB2, and then reprinted using any 3D printer.
The Cruncher can not only save you time, but also money. Spending money to buy raw materials and/or filament will become few and far between. Adding other ExtrusionBot product additions can further enhance your material's sustainability.
Product Snapshot: The Cruncher
• Recycles 3D printed objects into reusable material
• Use with the EB2, EB1 or your own filament extruder
• Fully motorized operation
• Crunches ALL material types
• Additional safety feature of a self-closing lid
Reducing Our Footprint
So why crunch a plastic bottle? (Well, first off, because we can!) The Cruncher movement calls for a paradigm shift in all of us. The plastics industry has often come under scrutiny because of the vast amounts of waste plastic that litters the grounds in our cities and congests the world’s landfills. It is not going anywhere anytime soon. Why not repurpose it?
The impact we could have in using the planet's wasted resources is phenomenal! With the help of The Cruncher from ExtrusionBot, we can #Work2Remake our future. If we can each make minute changes together, we can all start making a big difference. There are tons of materials out there going to waste... just waiting for us to crunch!
How It All Began
ExtrusionBot was initially launched through Kickstarter with a campaign goal of $10,000. The goal was to be able to refine the ExtrusionBot and build a related website. By the end of the 30-day campaign, we had raised $88,745! With that funding, we were able to acquire more equipment and machinery to make more advanced units.
Since completing the Kickstarter campaign, we have only continued to grow. We have made strides in both the medical and educational field. We are also proud to assist entrepreneurs who are using the ExtrusionBot to start-up their own new businesses.
Current Goals & Timeline
Risks and challenges
When will you get your Cruncher?
We have been working on Cruncher for over 12 months and are ready for "go" on full production. That means we’ll go straight from this Kickstarter campaign to making your units. Our first backers will get their new Cruncher within a few weeks of this campaign closing, and the majority of you will have your print recyclers by May
For those of you curious about the exact stage we're at: All R&D and prototypes were completed in December. The prototype units are shown in the video, all components and suppliers have been locked down, and the assembly process is being fine-tuned so that we can run as smoothly as possible when full production begins! All that's left to do is put the final touches to tooling and place our first large orders with our suppliers. Then we'll be moving quickly and using our past experience delivering around the world on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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