The Plastic Bank’s Open Sourced Extruder

The Plastic Bank is an organization designed to remove plastic waste from the world’s oceans, beaches and waterways while empowering people living in poverty to raise their standard of living.


To achieve this goal The Plastic Bank is releasing their first version of a recyclebot – a plastic extruder that makes valuable 3D printing filament from waste plastic. Unlike other recyclebots, The Plastic Bank Extruder v1.0 is an industrial waste plastic/ocean plastic extruder designed for heavy use. The Plastic Bank is providing all of the plans as open hardware.

“By open-sourcing the designs for The Plastic Bank Extruder, The Plastic Bank has established themselves as leaders in the rapidly growing ethical filament space. As people lift themselves out of poverty using The Plastic Bank model, having this technology freely available for others to replicate throughout the world is an enormous benefit.” said Joshua Pearce, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Michigan Tech University.

The full bill of materials, assembly and operation instructions are housed on Appropedia.

To learn more about The Plastic Bank’s Extruder and 3D printing technology, please watch the video below.


Extruder is Open Source

About The Plastic Bank:
The Plastic Bank is turning plastic waste into a currency to help reduce global poverty and plastic waste.  It is setting up exchange centers for plastic waste in areas that have a high amounts of poverty and plastic pollution. The Plastic Bank’s mandate is to provide a ladder of opportunity for the worlds poor to ascend from poverty by providing a reliable income and access to education, opportunities and 3D printing services.  The exchange process for our recycled “Social Plastic®” improves the life of a disadvantaged person while cleaning our planet. The goal of The Plastic Bank is to lead the movement towards a worldwide demand for the use of Social Plastic® in everyday products.  The higher the demand becomes, the greater the social impact towards helping the world’s poor.  Much of the world’s ocean plastic starts on land in developing countries. The Plastic Bank has created a system to prevent ocean bound plastic waste from being dumped into oceans, rivers and waterways by making it too valuable to throw away.