Recently, we have taken the plunge and decided to 3D print more of our fixings for our furniture builds in 100% recyclable and 100% biodegradable, plant based plastics.
As you can see in this photo, this is a Flashforge 3D Printer. Once our highly-skilled CAD designers have created the parts they need via software, they send the schematics to the 3D printer and it will print whatever they desire. We use PLA (Polylactic Acid) plastic which is derived from the starch of potatoes or sugar cane.
The 3D printer works by extruding plastic from the hot nozzles above the plate, the plastic then hardens, in layers to form the shape that you have previously prepared.
3D printing has become more frequent in the production of all sorts of things recently, as it is a more cost-effective way of producing parts instead of buying them in bulk made from traditional oil-based plastics.
Companies such as Airbus, Volkswagen and L’Oréal have since incorporated 3D printing into their products, according to AMFG.
In the image above, we see a completed 3D print of a part that will hold up a shoe tray.
We 3D print a whole multitude of other parts, and hope to eliminate non-biodegradable plastics in the future.