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FormFutura’s ReFill 2.0 system offers a zero-waste future

Reducing packaging waste by 80% and shipping volume by up to 55%

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FormFutura, a Netherlands-based filament company that takes pride in locally manufacturing products that embody a commitment to sustainability and innovation, has launched its ReFill 2.0 system. According to the company, the system is an important step in its quest towards a zero-waste future.

FormFutura’s ReFill 2.0 system offers a zero-waste future - reducing packaging waste by 80% and shipping volume by up to 55%. The innovative system eliminates the need for individually spooled filament and boxes. FormFutura now offers filament wounded around a cardboard core instead. Two reusable flanges will secure the filament in place. Users have the flexibility to either 3D print these flanges using the free STL files provided by FormFutura or acquire pre-printed flanges directly from the brand.

The ReFill 2.0 system sets itself apart from comparable existing solutions by utilizing Velcro straps instead of single-use ones. These reusable Velcro straps serve the dual purpose of not only securely holding the flanges together but also facilitating the interchangeability of the flanges. Users can effortlessly switch between colors or materials without the burden of finishing an entire coil. Consequently, a user might only require a single set of flanges.

FormFutura’s ReFill 2.0 system is designed with the aim of lessening the user’s carbon footprint. It brings an 80% reduction in packaging waste, while potentially decreasing shipping volume by up to 55%.

The development of the ReFill 2.0 system stems from thorough feedback received from print farms and production companies. Their input highlights a significant boost in capacity utilization rates since implementing this system. The user-friendly system is compatible with nearly all FDM printers, including the widely used AMS system. It is currently offered in 750g and 2,000g coils, and additional larger sizes are set to be introduced in the near future.

“ReFill 2.0 stands as evidence of our commitment to delivering the best 3D printing experience to customers, all while leaving a positive impact on the future,” said Rien Schuurhuis, Chief Creative Officer and Co-founder of FormFutura BV.

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