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Leo Lutero | PSFK.com

3Dom's Wound Up filament works with most 3D printers and makes use of recycled coffee grounds

It’s easy to see that the newest filament from3Dom is infused with recycled coffee.The color is a dark roast brown and the texture looks far from plasticky. Wound Up is 3Dom’s latest product and it uses a composite of recycled coffee grounds for a more eco-friendly printing filament.

Despite the unique composition, the coffee-infused wire filaments work with any PLA-compatible 3D printer. Co-created with biocomposite innovators c2renew, the filaments use less plastic than conventional filaments while creating products unlike any other.

Items that have been printed using Wound Up can look a lot like they’re carved from dark oak rather than 3D printed. The graininess from the coffee gives printed items a more organic, even premium sheen, than the usual filament. The company even proposes you can make coffee cups that are really coffee cups.

The coffee-filled Wound Up filament is priced at$49 per full kilogram and is spun neatly around 3Dom’s Eco-Spool.

Another output of the company’s eco-friendliness thrust, the Eco-Spool is sturdy despite being sourced from plant sugars. Because of the unique material, Eco-Spool is expected to decompose in landfills faster than conventional spools.

3D printing is exciting but most printers use plastics to work. If most homes and schools in the world get a 3D printer, imagine the demand for more plastic will be and how it can damage the planet. This potentially damaging future has brought concern and eventually answers like the Wound Up filaments.

PSFK has previously reported on filaments formed from old car dashboards, a desktop machine that converts plastic trash into filament and also a will.i.am and Coca-Cola tie up that built a recycled filament-only 3D printer; all interesting ideas to face a tough question for the future of 3D printing.

The coffee bean isn’t the only one to make its way into 3D printing filaments. 3Dom says the java is only the first in a series of a continued partnerships with c2renew. On their website, c2renew reveals they work with agricultural residuals from flax, soybean, sunflower and ground wood which can give hints on what is to come.

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