Materials & Components

In an effort to constantly improve our products and be transparent about their sustainability we will be cramming this page full of information. 

Materials

These are the materials we are currently 3D printing

PLA (polylactic acid)

The short & sweet:

PLA is pretty amazing. It's commonly used in 3d printing because of excellent properties for extrusion. It's even used in medical implants because it's non-toxic and gradually dissolves in the body. It's made from renewable plant-based such as corn starch, cassava roots, or sugarcane.  Although technically biodegradable, it's not going away too easily. It needs industrial composting to completely break down into innocuous lactic acid. In a landfill, it's expected to hang around for a few hundred years, but during that time it won't leach any toxins into the land, unlike other plastics. Still, we don't want people throwing away perfectly good materials or using them one time only. This is why we are working on in-house recycling of our durable products into new ones, keeping this beautiful biopolymer in a cycle as a technical nutrient. 

 

The gritty & nerdy:

Coming soon. 

PET(Polyethylene terephthalate)

The short & sweet:

We know PET all too well. It's what most of those plastic bottles and synthetic garments are made from. Although it's been FDA approved for 30 years and widely considered non-toxic some studies have shown that it can leach estrogenic compounds. We do recommend you eat or drink from any of our products ;) PET is a popular plastic for single-use goods and its ubiquity as garbage across the planet is now widely seen a catastrophe. In a landfill, it takes at least 500 years to decompose. That being said, it's a wonder material. Its durability is outstanding and it's easy to recycle. This why we are working towards our in-house recycling to use only recycled PET and then keep this beautiful technical nutrient a circular economy. 

The gritty & nerdy:

Coming soon.

Components

Chemical and Sustainability information on the components that are not manufactured in-house. This information will be available soon and constantly updated as we work to improve every aspect of our products.