Recycling Baby Steps

Published by: Michelle Nephew

We're slowly putting together our plastics recycling workshop, one piece of equipment at a time, and we're excited to share our "baby steps" with you!

Our first purchases were an Aonesy flat heat press (to replace the panini press we'd first experimented making plastic sheets with), and a Vaquform DT2 thermoformer. The thermoformer is kind of like an air hockey table in reverse that heats and then sucks a plastic sheet around any object. We actually made a reasonable prototype of the Dice Miner mountain soon after it arrived, though it was with a virgin plastic sheet of high impact polystyrene that came with the machine. Proof of concept, though!

Heat Press+ThermoformerThermoformer

John's next shopping spree was for a Strongway hydraulic shop press, Klutch sheet metal machine, and Chicago Electric plastic welding kit.

Hydraulic Shop PressSheet Metal MachinePlastics Welding Kit

And last week, the best of the bunch arrived in the mail. This is a plastics shredder built to our order, based on the design. We managed to make our own milk jug flakes right out of the box!

Shredder StandShredder BladesJohn+Shredder

These are all hobby-level pieces of equipment, but they're our first steps in developing and manufacturing game accessories from plastic that we recycle ourselves. Wish us luck!


Replay Recycling