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Armor enters the 3D printing market

September 30, 2016

The remanufacturer has produced OWA-brand filament using recycled printer cartridges.

The OWA 3D filament

The OWA 3D filament

3Ders reported on the OWA 3D brand of 3D printing filament, noting that the company has “recently transitioned” into the market with the line’s launch. The filament is “fully recycled and made from high impact polystyrene (HIPS)”, and is “part of the cartridge manufacturer’s effort to reduce, reuse and recycle printer cartridge plastic waste”. The OWA brand was launched last year, and aims to reduce “the amount of plastic cartridge waste in the world”.

Armor stated that 360 million printer cartridges “are purchased each year in Western Europe alone”, with 70 percent of these “ending up either in landfills or incinerated rather than recycled”, and so OWA was devised “as a circular economy approach to dealing with this waste and cutting back on it significantly”. Since it was launched, Armor “has been picking up old cartridges from businesses and has effectively been turning them into new cartridges or breaking their materials down to become new office supplies”.

3Ders noted that “it seems Armor is branching out even further” with the OWA programme through the filament, which “will itself be made from plastic from recycled cartridges, as well as other sources such as yoghurt containers”. HIPS meanwhile is a “more flexible and durable material than other standard 3D printing materials” such as PLA or ABS, and the OWA 3D filament is “currently available in both France and Japan”, but will launch across Europe soon as well.

Countries it is set to become available in include Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, the UK and Switzerland, and the filament is “compatible with most FDM 3D printers” in standard spools of 750g, as well as in diameters of either 1.75mm or 2.85mm. The HIPS filament will be available in 12 different colours, and “can be tested by customers through ‘discovery’ packs”, which consist of six 162g spools of different colours.

The news site added that what’s “notable about Armor’s OWA process as well is that the company has agreed to pick up recyclable used cartridges from businesses in order to further incentivise them to recycle their office waste”. After collecting the used cartridges, the company processes them and either remanufacturers them or turns them into filament, with its Moroccan factory and sites in La Chevrolière near Nantes in France producing the filaments.

Prices have not been made available for the filaments yet, but the news site concluded that “interested parties and customers

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