By JC Torres via Slashgear.com
The rise of 3D printing has brought many advantages to the industry and to the world, chief among which is the democratization and increased accessibility of printing processes and products. One of the unsung benefits, however, is the potential to look for and use materials to replace toxic, fossil-burning plastic. Heading to the forefront of this mission, 3Dom, one of the USA's biggest 3D printing filament manufacturers, teamed up with bio-composite company c2renew to cook up all kinds of alternative filament material, first among which is made from coffee grounds.
Sorry to disapoint, but this is hardly the holy union of two things sacred to geeks: coffee and 3D printing. Well, it almost is, but if you were expecting caffeine-infused 3D printouts, you'd be sorely disappointed. The filament, which is called "Wound Up", does take its origin from coffee but uses leftover coffee grounds. This results in a peculiar filament that has its own individualistic color and texture, which might not be to everyone's taste. Figuratively speaking, of course. Then again, it could be an advertised design feature of resulting printed products.