UK Engineer Edward Clifford has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a desktop thermoplastic extrusion system. Following closely on the heels of the immensely successful Filastruder, Clifford's beefier, chain-driven prototype appears almost industrial by comparison.
Raw plastic pellets, recyclable ABS or PLA are placed into a hopper, which feeds the material into a melting chamber prior to being extruded from a nozzle, resulting in filament cord commonly used for FFF 3D printing. The savings gained by employing raw pellets or recycling bad prints instead of buying new filament can be significant, on an order of 90%.
The production machine is still being finalized. It will have a lid for the hopper to keep it dust and contaminant free. A sleek enclosure with a control panel is also planned, to keep hands away from parts that get hot. Clifford is also working on a reeling system – something the Filastruder does not have – to wrap the filament around a spool as it is being extruded. Multiple prototypes of this major convenience have been developed, but Clifford has yet to select one. At the time of this writing, it is unclear as to whether or not the reeling system will be included in the currently available pledges, or will be an additional cost to backers.
The unit is close to reaching its humble funding goal of €4,000. Available pledges range from €200 to €325 depending on shipping, multiple nozzle inclusion (for 1.75 and 3.0 mm) and whether it comes in kit form, or fully assembled.