Is Alex Kay about to save the earth with 3D printing?
In an ocean of plastic waste, 3D printing just seems to be adding to it. According to a study done in 2011 on behalf of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, 2.8 million tonnes of plastic ended up in Canadian landfills that year. That’s a lot of Yoda busts.
This year’s Vancouver Mini Maker Faire welcomes Alex Kay, co-founder of ReDeTec. ReDeTec’s ProtoCycler recycles plastic into a filament used in 3D printing. Not only does it recycle your printer waste, you can throw in your dead monitor case, broken Lego pieces, and maybe some pop bottles too. Even when you do buy new plastic as pellets, it can cut the cost of consumables by two-thirds or more. Buying $30 per kilogram filament is a thing of the past, recycle and it’s free. Of course, you do have to buy the ProtoCycler itself which currently costs around as much as about 25 kilograms of filament, so there is that.
Maker Heike Kapp is an artist of the truest sense. If you have been to Vancouver Mini Maker Faire in the past, you might remember her amazing glass marbles. Since then, Heike has shifted focus to her found-object sculptures that incorporate driftwood, photo transfers, flameworked glass and wire-work into what she calls Sea Creatures. We spoke with Heike about her shift in project, her creative process and how she stays inspired as a Maker.
Photo Credit: Joshua McVeity
Have you always been a Maker?
I feel I was born a maker. My parents were makers before that was even a term, so I think it’s in my blood. My earliest memory is making a water wheel with my Opa, in the Bavarian Alps, with his trusty Swiss Army knife (which I still own).
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Xavier and his tangram
Sarah (an elementary school teacher) and Julian (a software developer) both love to create, and now with three kids, this family can often be found in the middle of creations, wires and chaos. Tristan, 11, loves all things that shoot: potato cannons, marshmallow shooters, and especially Nerf. Liam, 9, loves mixing things together, especially if they catch fire or explode. And Xavier, 4, likes to build things, especially if he can knock them down. Together as Make.Family.Fun, they want to inspire other families to start making.
What inspired you to start making with your family?
Julian grew up as a computer and electronics fanatic on an orchard in New Zealand, with a father who was a carpenter, and a mother who was an avid sewer and cook. Sarah grew up with do it yourself parents who sewed, canned, fixed, built and more. Sarah made kites, go karts and stop motion animations with her father, and puppets, stuffed animals, gardens and her own recipes with her mother. It was just second nature for us to start offering our own sons chances to create. Continue reading