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About this project
3D Printlife wants to bring you BioPETG. An Eco-Friendly, premium quality PETG filament that will also degrade once it enters a commercial compost or an active landfill facility.
3D Printlife is committed to reducing the environmental impact of 3D Printing. From our groundbreaking Enviro ABS, to our Eco-Friendly spooling and environmental contributions, we strive to deliver our customers premium quality filaments, while protecting the world we share.
With the dramatic cuts to the EPA's funding it is incumbent upon all of us to do whatever we can to protect the environment, and to set an example for our children. With that in mind we have created new pledge levels that allow backers to donate spools of our groundbreaking BioPETG to schools around the world. It is more important than ever to teach students everywhere that they can have it all when it comes to 3d printing with materials that are both premium grade AND eco-friendly.
Once we are funded BioPETG will be ready to ship just in time for the 2018 school year!
PETG (also called copolyester) is a modified version of PET. The added glycol prevents the material from crystallizing and becoming breakable making it an excellent material for 3d printing.
PETG is the most commonly used plastic in the world and it is one of the easiest to recycle, but it isn't biodegradable. We have long wanted to produce a premium line of PETG filament, but only if we could upgrade it by making it more eco-friendly.
Now with the addition of the same bio-additive technology used in our Enviro ABS, BioPETG is the first PETG filament that will degrade once it enters a commercial compost or landfill to energy facility.
How does it work?
BioBETG works by combining standard PETG with a proprietary, biologically based additive. This additive is specially formulated to bond with PETG and provide a food source for the bacteria found in both commercial composts and landfill to energy facilities.
ASTM D5338-15 Environmental Testing
We tested BioPETG under ASTM D5338-15, which provides a means for determining the degree and rate of aerobic biodegradation of plastic materials when exposed to a controlled environment under laboratory conditions.
Samples of PETG and BioPETG were placed in 2.0-liter glass composting vessels. Each vessel was stoppered and placed in controlled water baths. Percent (%) Carbon Dioxide and % Oxygen were measured via direct gas analysis with a Quantek Instruments Model 902D Dual Trak Oxygen/Carbon Dioxide Analyzer. Direct analysis was executed via needle probe inserted into a gas collection bag. Mass loss was measured gravimetrically via a Denver Summit electronic analytical and precision balance.
The percentage of biodegradability is obtained by determining the percentage of carbon in the test material that is converted to carbon dioxide (CO2).
As indicated in the Table above, by day 45 BioPETG continues to produce CO2, while the PETG without the proprietary bio-additive shows expected diminished CO2 production.
Just as a shark might try to take a bite out of a boat to test it as a food source, the bacteria in a commercial compost or active landfill leachate will attempt to consume standard thermoplastics like ABS and PETG. After a short period however the bacteria looses interest and moves on. Conversely with BioPETG, bacterial consumption remains steady throughout the 45 day test.
Will my prints degrade on my countertop?
The bacteria content needed to consume BioPETG is exceedingly high and primarily found only in the above mentioned environments. These are some of the most foul conditions imaginable, so unless you're a Ninja Turtle living in the sewers, your BioPETG prints will maintain their structural integrity and appearance just as any premium standard PETG would.
So why print with PETG?
PETG combines many of the benefits of ABS with the ease of printing associated with PLA in one material.
Some benefits & characteristics of PETG:
HIgh impact resistance
High strength and durability
Excellent layer adhesion
Very low shrinkage (therefore little to no warping)
Ideal for large prints
Heated bed not required (though it can be helpful)
High temperature resistance
Excellent chemical and water resistance
Excellent geometric accuracy
Strong but flexible (ideal for drones, mechanical parts, & robotics)
Can be sterilized
Obviously there are a lot of benefits to printing with PETG! With your help BioPETG will be the world's first eco-friendly PETG filament, made in the USA to the strictest standards available on our eco-friendly spooling.
How to print with BioPETG
As with all materials there is a settings "sweet spot" that will vary from one printer to another. BioPETG is no different, but once you're dialed in printing with BioPETG is a dream. Here are some general setting guidelines:
Set your nozzle temperature between 235°C and 250°C.
Print with cooling fan at 100%
A heated bed is not required but start between 70°C - 80°C if available.
Set print speed around 55mm/sec or less.
Try starting with an additional .2mm gap in the Z axis to avoid skimming.
More about 3D Printlife:
Every spool of 3D Printlife filament comes in a durable, resealable bag with a desiccant, a thank you card indicating our donation to environmental charity to plant a tree, as well as a seed paper card to plant and grow your own wildflowers.
3D Printlife's filament spool is made of heavy 100% recycled cardboard that is biodegradable and bound together with a recyclable tin cap. The spool includes both a cutout for viewing filament and dual puncture slots to secure filament when not in use. The flange can even rotate in either direction to aid in securing the filament wherever it has been cut. The spool was specifically designed for universal fit with most 3d printers in use worldwide.
Premium USA Manufacturing
3D Printlife filaments are made in the USA with the highest quality materials and extrusion processes available. They are manufactured using a specially designed extruder screw that is designed to promote mixing while minimizing shear and degradation of the polymers. The extrusion process is carefully controlled to promote six sigma dimensional stability of the filaments, leading to consistent printing and the elimination of clogged print heads.
Every inch of 3D Printlife filament is measured to ensure that it is within the strictest standards for quality, diameter, and ovality. The extrusion process is continuously monitored with twin axis lasers that monitor the consistency of the diameter and roundness of the filaments and deliver a dimensional accuracy better than +/- 0.03mm
3D Printlife uses only high quality 100% virgin resins and colorants in filament manufacturing. Materials are dried to remove moisture under our internal specifications. Excessive moisture in the filaments during extrusion can damage the polymer resulting in weaker polymer chains that lead to brittle filaments that can snap as they unwind from the spool or result in excessive nozzle drool.
Every spool of 3D Printlife filament is carefully wound to exacting standards to minimizing cross overs and loopbacks that can lead to snags and snaps. The filament clings tightly to the spool until it is paid off the spool, making it easy to feed into the printer reducing failed prints. We reject any spool that does not meet our exacting quality standards.
XYZPrinting released the da Vinci 1.0 Pro in late 2015, the first XYZ printer to accept third-party filaments. After 400 hours of testing at Florida Institute of Technology's DSL Lab, XYZPrinting named 3D Printlife's Enviro ABS as the first 3rd party filament approved for use in their printers.
“This partnership reflects a future outlook in delivering environmentally responsible, open source 3D printing solutions without sacrificing quality materials,” said Simon Shen, CEO of XYZprinting and parent company New Kinpo Group.
Fab Lab Hub & The Fab Foundation
In July of 2016Fab Lab Hub, a non-profit associated with the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms' Fab Lab Network, tested and approved 3D Printlife filaments for use by members of the network and the Fab Foundation.
“Fab Lab Hub is thrilled to partner with 3D Printlife." said founder Sarah Boisvert. "We've tested both the eco-friendly Enviro ABS and PLAyPHAb PLA/PHA blend in a variety of printers and 3D Printlife meets all of our quality requirements."
Life Support is 3D Printlife's global 3d printing online support network and marketplace.
Launched at CES 2017 in January, Life Support connects end users with 3d printing experts in their area and around the world for online, phone, and even on-site technical support.
Users can search for Tech Members by location, areas of expertise, and even post jobs for free on the Life Support Job Board. Life Support Tech Members provide everything from on-site 3d printer installations, calibrations, and repairs, to CAD development, slicing, and materials support.
In two short months Life Support has grown to include Tech Members in 16 countries and our members include individuals, Fab Labs, Makerspaces, and University Labs.
Rewards for our Backers
To show our appreciation to our supporters we will list the names of all our Kickstarter backers' on a special page on our website.
All pledge levels of $30 and up will receive spools of 3D Printlife filament in quantities varying from 1 to 12 in either 1.75mm or 2.85mm.
Many pledge levels will also feature options to include spools of our Enviro ABS and/or PLAyPHAb PLA/PHA.
Backers who pledge $50 or more will even receive exclusive, discounted first access to any new materials we release through 2018.
Expert Tier Levels: Certain pledge levels will be labeled "Expert" and will include a FREE 12 month Tech Member subscription to Life Support, 3D Printlife's global 3d printing support network and marketplace.
Gallery Feature Level: Backers at this level can send us images of their favorite 3d print with BioPETG to be featured in the "Kickstarter Gallery" on our website. We encourage you to feature your own original designs. As an added thanks we will even embed a link from your image to your own website, blog, or social media page!
We are providing FREE SHIPPING to all domestic backers!
Due to the high cost of international shipping we are including a shipping charge for backers outside the US. If you are an international backer with friends or family in the US we can ship your reward to them so you can explore your own shipping options.
Shipments will not require a signature so you may want to choose an office or work address if possible.
How your contribution will be spent
Bio-Additive: In order to produce the BioPETG bio-additive cost effectively we need to produce at least 200lbs at a time. The process is not difficult but it is still expensive.
Silk Screens & Print Plate: The spool graphics are already designed but we need to order the silk screens used to print onto the cardboard spools. We'll also need a new print plate for the product boxes.
Raw Materials & Extrusion: Finally we need to purchase the virgin PETG resin and colorants, and then pay for the extrusion run of a full color BioPETG line. Our goal is to produce 12 to 18 colors of BioPETG in both 1.75mm and 2.85mm
In addition to our Enviro ABS, PLAyPHAb PLA/PHA, and BioPETG Kickstarter offering, here are some of the materials we have planned for launch through 2018:
Biodegradable semi-flexible filament
Biodegradable full flex filament
Biodegradable high strength engineering grade polyester
Our Current Offerings
After years of testing and development with a chemist specializing in bio-plastics, we released Enviro ABS in the fall of 2015. Unlike every other ABS on the market, 3D Printlife's Enviro ABS is specially formulated to be consumed by bacteria once it enters a landfill to energy facility or a commercial compost. Enviro maintains the strength, heat resistance, printing characteristics, and post process capability of ABS in every way.
How does Enviro compare?
PLAyPHAb Premium PLA/PHA Blend
PLAyPHAb is a premium PLA filament enhanced with PHA to create a filament with higher impact resistance, pliability, and a greater shelf life than standard PLA.
How does PLAyPHAb compare?
Thank you so much for your consideration and support!
For more information, If you would just like to reach out, please contact us at www.3dprintlife.com
Risks and challenges
Luckily the risk to our backers is close to zero as we have already proven this concept with our Enviro ABS and PLAyPHAb PLA/PHA. Our only obstacle is the funding needed to make our BioPETG line a reality.
We know how to produce our bio-additive, we can easily produce the eco-friendly spooling and packaging, and we know how to manufacture premium quality filaments to the strictest standards in the industry.
A simple $1 pledge will earn you a huge THANK YOU from all of us at 3d Printlife. As with all pledge levels you will receive project updates and your name will listed on the "Thanks to our Backers" page on our website.