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Canon Ecology Industry makes 100% recycled 3D printing filament from used equipment

First materials include PC-ABS and HIPS from copiers and toner cartridges

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In a surprising and quite interesting turn of events, Canon Ecology Industry Co., Ltd. (a company founded in 2004 for the repair and regeneration of miscellaneous electrical and electronic equipment) has independently developed two types of filaments (PC-ABS, HIPS) for 3D printers made of 100% recycled plastic as the first in-house developed products. This filament is made from recycled plastic for the exterior of broken and old Canon multifunction devices, including copiers and toner cartridges collected from the market.

3D printers that use materials such as resin and metal are widely used because they can easily prototype and manufacture high-mix low-volume parts. On the other hand, environmental problems are becoming more serious worldwide, and each country is required to make more efforts to achieve SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals). Under these circumstances, Canon Ecology Industry Co., Ltd. is pursuing advanced resource recycling through the reuse and recycling of Canon products.

Canon Ecology Industry

Canon Ecology Industry

The raw materials for recycled plastics are PC-ABS and HIPS, which have a proven track record as plastic materials and are widely used in the exterior of multifunction devices and cassette pedestals. Applying consolidated proactices cultivated in the recycling of Canon products, the exterior of multifunction devices and toner cartridges collected from the market are crushed, washed, and extruded using advanced technology to achieve a stable line, while using 100% recycled plastic. It has become possible to manufacture filaments with highly precise diameter. For anyone who understands the challenges of recycling used plastics into filament, this is an impressive feat!

The two types of filaments, PC-ABS filament, which has an excellent heat resistance and high strength, as the main material for making shaped objects, and HIPS filament, which has excellent impact resistance and can be dissolved in limonene, as a support material, it’s possible to produce highly complex shapes.

Canon Ecology Industry Co., Ltd. will continue to work to reduce the environmental burden with the aim of realizing a society where affluent lives and the global environment are compatible.



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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites VoxelMatters.com and Replicatore.it, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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