Whenever we tell makers of our garbage can next to our own 3D printer, we get surprised and confused feedback. “Why do you need that?” – This “support tool” for 3D printing offers two major advantages.
Increased time efficiency and cleanliness
During and before the printing process, the print head is placed on the printing plate and the filament begins to be extruded. Many users deduct this in advance to prevent misprints and tangling of the filament. In this process and when filament spools are changed, small and very fine amounts of material/filament strings remain. You start to put these almost invisible strings in your pockets or desk until you realize that you already have spread have of it in your entire house and the other half lets your maker space look horrible.
Because of the frequent creation of small filament strings you have 3 options. You walk to the kitchen or outside garbage every time which is very annoying and time consuming or you let chaos take over and leave everything lying on the floor. We opted for the third option to buy a small waste bin for the plastic waste. The selected container is not too big, in various forms easy to install and the design fits anywhere.
Old misprints are preserved for a long time
If you work a lot on prototypes you will have many errors lying on your desk. Now you can leave this untidy or throw in the trash which will definitely be emptied within a week. This is where the trash can really shows his role as support tool for 3D printing, because it only contains 3D printed objects long time and is therefore rarely emptied.
As a result, you can throw 3D printing trash and old prototypes without thinking about it. When we developed a component for a table, we quickly dropped one of the first ideas. After 3 weeks we wanted to use the exact design and didn’t have it digitally as we redesigned the files. Now it was easy to find the prototype even weeks later.
Conclusion on the waste bin as a support tool for 3D printing
Probably the craziest product we could ever have associated with 3D printing. As funny as the waste bin may sound, it is an useful tool for 3D printing. It ensures a clean maker space and even saves the constant walk to your trash. We can definitely recommend it as the worst thing that can happen is to have a replacement bin for the kitchen. In the end it came the other way and we use the container constantly when working with our 3D printer.
We hope this solves you the very small, but stressful pain of dealing with your 3D printing plastic waste. If you have any questions, please contact us via the comment section or our contact form.