Raise3D’s Go Green Initiative starts with the replacement of plastic spools by cardboard spools.

3D printer manufacturer Raise3D just launched its “Go Green Initiative”. With the goal of playing its part in the fight against climate change, the provider of additive manufacturing solutions for SMEs and LSEs wants to show to what they are doing already and what they plan to do moving forward. The public announcement is also a form to call of action addressed to anyone who wants to be involved in this initiative (customers or public) – by sharing ideas or suggestions.

As said in our September/October edition of 3D ADEPT Mag, examples are what others are waiting for to get to work. For a 3D printer manufacturer, this means designing products that can sustain heavy work with full operational effectiveness for many years.

With that goal in mind, we make a constant effort in bringing software and hardware upgrades. By providing additional value to all existing customers, these improvements extend the productive life of their Raise3D’s products, thus reducing waste and the consumption of more materials. Other green actions, like the Power Saving Mode feature we have in Raise3D printers, have been implemented before, but may have been unnoticed this far, a press release explains.

Furthermore, one of the first concrete actions that the manufacturer will take, will be the gradual replacement of plastic spools by cardboard spools.

Initially, 6 Premium filaments will benefit from the new spool: PLA, ABS, ASA, PETG, PC and TPU-95A. The spool uses glue that can withstand even the high temperatures of filament drying procedures and has been designed to ensure that the quality and reliability of the printing process remains unchanged. Additionally, the spools now have added practicality, with a scale printed on the outside, indicating the amount of filament left. Just like the spools, the corresponding boxes are also made from recycled cardboard and are easy to dispose of and recycle. Customers can expect the new spools to ship with the Premium filament they order from November 2022 onwards, depending on their location, the company explains.

Diogo Quental, who coordinates Raise3D’s Go Green Initiative, said: “the vision we all have is to have ocean’s plastic pollution transformed into filament we can use in 3D Printing, contributing to a circular economy. While there are still many challenges to get there, the innovative process sometimes surprises us with relevant leaps forward, and so we shall hope the dream will one day become a reality, even if it may take one or two decades.” Yes, in the end, every act counts.

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