Mina's roommate has a 3d printer and continuously wastes large amounts of plastic, throwing away print after print; he recognized that there was a need.
How it works
RECLAIM3D offers a collection service for used 3D printing materials for corporations and institutions, as well as amateur users, and uses the Protocycler to recycle used filament into spools of new filament for ABS and PLA plastic. In return for the used prints, RECLAIM3D will sell back recycled spools of plastic at a discounted rate. As a social initiative, RECLAIM3D also accepts compatible plastics from the public.
Challenges I ran into
Most of our challenges were associated with learning as we went along. Cleanweb was an opportunity for experiential learning and growth, and taking it as such, group members came in with no website design experience and learned HTML, CSS, PHP, and how to write and invoke an API for use in designing the website.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We are proud of our ability to come in yesterday with no previous experience in databases or APIs, and minimal experience in front-end web design, yet finish the Hackathon today with a fully functional, attractive-looking website.
What I learned
What's next for RECLAIM3D
We want to create a online process that streamlines the connection between our donors to our facilities to create the pickup process of 3D printed waste as easy as possible. Once RECLAIM3D is a functioning preventative sustainability company for 3D printing - we want to find the next up and coming technology and create another solution to the sustainability issues it may create.