The #tide filament is made from recycled PET. It contains 50% ocean-bound rPET, our original #tide ocean material, and 50% industrial multilayer rPET-G. The filament has been developed in close partnership with Creamelt® at the Institute for Materials Technology and Plastics Processing (IWK), a branch of the University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule für Technik) in Rapperswil, Switzerland.
The University's professional equipped polymer extrusion line enables the specialists to produce filaments in high precision. They are available in 2 different colors (clear and transparent pink) and in 2 Diameter sizes: 1.75 Millimeters and 2.85 Millimeters.
The rPET fifty allows you to design and print durable parts with great chemical and heat resistance made from 100% recycled materials. It is a sustainable alternative to virgin plastic. Its distinctive appearance is great for interior design objects such as lampshades or vases.
Since its launch in the year 2020, different kind of applications have been shown at international exhibitions, for instance at the Salone del Mobile in Milano, Italy (2022) or the UNEP COP15 in Kunming, China (2021), where our partners Solaris Community presented their Circular Ocean Plastic projects, supported by the United Nations' "Closing the Loop" program.
Solaris Community is connecting the dots between designers, artists and #tide's value chain. Thanks to Solaris' excellent network within the global 3D printing industry, the filament made from #tide ocean material® could be successfully tested by some of the largest and most innovative 3D printing service providers in Europe and North America (Canada and USA). State of the Art 3D printing companies have produced furniture and design prototypes for renowned artists which will go into mass production.
The sustainable filament for 3D printing has been successfully tested and used by renowned artists and designers such as Karim Rashid, who is one of the most prolific designers of his generation and often referred to as the Prince of Plastic. "Plastic has always been important to me. I saw it a s the lively, energetic material of all materials", Karim Rashid once said.
Austrian Designer Julia Bigerl has, together with Johannes Erler, created a collection of jewelry made of 3D Filament with #tide ocean material. Behind the beauty of those marvels lies the will to raise awareness towards the fashion industry’s negative impact on the environment.
Italian Designer Giulia Ber Tacchini has created an installation with a 3D printer, using Filament made from #tide. Coral Pulse is about the contrast between light and darkness.
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