Printing with reusable material could encourage more designers and educators to get involved.
As the cost of 3D printing continues to lower, it’s still just out of reach from most everyday consumers, especially if you consider the single-use plastics used by many of the machines. Hyrel 3D however, might be changing all that with the first machine that lets you print with reusable materials.
The company’s new extruder lets you print with reusable materials such as Plasticine, Play-Doh, Silicone RTV, and even air-dry modeling clay. Apart from the cost saving, these materials are non-toxic and you can print with them at room temperature. This means it will make the technology more accessible to schools, education centers and design offices looking to experiment with 3D printing.
Reusable also means adaptable – and as most designers will know – the ability to reiterate on designs is important.
The company currently has 5 models of 3D printer that range from $1,995 to $3,095. You can start at the low end and then upgrade to add the extruder capabilities – either way, the printer has a fairly large printing area (20 x 20 x 20cm).