Failed 3D prints melted into artwork

Melted, recycled, colourful!

Close-up of RichRap's melted PLA creation

Along the same lines as last week’s post about photos of failed 3D prints, I want to highlight another recycle-into-art project that transforms scrap parts into colourful patterns.

RichRap has put together a basic how-to on his blog, taking leftover bits of PLA and melting them in an oven on some aluminum foil:

You will need:
- An oven
- Baking tray
- Aluminium foil
- Scrap bits of PLA and any failed prints
- Beer (to help with artistic inspiration)

Before:
RichRap's bag of scrap PLA

After:
RichRap's "April 12" melted PLA

There’s an entry on Thingiverse for others to share their creations, and RichRap’s full instructions on how to create your own “Melt-Art-Prints” are available on his blog here: http://richrap.blogspot.ca/2012/05/pla-scrap-art.html


Derek Quenneville is a 3D printing evangelist who posts weekly on the Ponoko blog. Follow him on Twitter @techknight.

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