According to 3DPrint.com, a designer named Beer Holthuis has figured out how to make a 3D printed object out of paper pulp instead of plastic. Beer called his 3D printer the Paper Pulp Printer.
In an average, a person can produce eighty kilos of pulp waste every year so he decided to make a 3D printer that prints with this waste material.
Although paper-based 3D printers are no longer new, his 3D printer is different due to the use of pulp waste as source material. Thus, makes it the world’s first 3D printer to print pulp.
Beer gets a regular pulp paper and mixes it with a natural binder. So fascinating that the produced 3D objects can be recycled as many times thus creates a recycling system. By extruding the wet paper he is able to create a thick bead of pulp that can then build up to create creative objects.
The design of the printed objects are using the possibilities and beauty of this technique. The tactile experience, bold lines and print speed results in distinctive shapes. The objects are also durable: Printed paper is surprisingly strongBeer Holthu
Amazing stuff isn’t it? Hope that it’ll be available as a commercial product in the near future.
Beer’s Sample 3D models made via Paper Pulp Printer
All images credit to: Beer Holthuis