The Ocean Plastic Project was originally conceived by Pioneer George Reynolds of Ashwaubenon High School and Ultimaker Education Strategist Lizabeth Arum. This project is open to all students at all levels and abilities.
Start date: January 8, 2018
End date: Ongoing
We are inviting all students, at all levels and of all abilities to research plastic, recycling, and 3D printing, and then to design and 3D print real or imagined sea life, fish, marine plants, coral reefs, or anything that will draw attention to the beauty of our oceans, how we are treating them, and how we can make them healthier. All printed parts to be included in the public display should be sent to Ultimaker's NY office by September 2, 2018 (contact email@example.com for details). We also ask that all models be uploaded to Youmagine where you can explain in the description how your file is part of the collaboration. All designs should be tagged appropriately, and also include the tag “#OceanPlastic.” If you want to share research projects, student films, etc., please include those links in your description.
How to Participate
Along with designing and uploading to Youmagine a 3D model of an existing or imagined fish, sea creature, marine plant or piece of coral (See information about exhibition below), there are several ways to contribute to and participate with this project:
- Have students explore past and current recycling and design initiatives, research alternative materials, and consider what might be done to protect the ocean. Then have them share their work online with the community.
- Have students use Design Thinking to propose solutions to how we can keep our oceans alive and healthy. Then have them share their proposals online with the community.
- Have students research some of the topics listed below and share their work online with the community.
- Share a resource, lesson or activity that is related to this topic that you have used with your students.
- Incorporate a lesson from this project page and let us know how it goes.
- For the exhibit in Atlanta we invite students to research plastic, recycling, and 3D printing, and then design and 3D print existing or invented sea life, fish, marine plants, coral reefs, or anything that will draw attention to the beauty of the ocean, how we are treating it, and how we can make it healthier. Send printed parts by September 2, 2018 to Ultimaker (contact the firstname.lastname@example.org for details), upload STL files to Youmagine and explain in the description how this file is part of the collaboration. Tag your designs accordingly, and don’t forget to add the tag “#OceanPlastic.” If you want to share research projects, student films, etc, include those links in your description.
Topics of study/research could include:
- Artificial reefs
- The Circular Economy
- Benefits of 3D Printing: less waste than subtractive manufacturing, ability to eliminate shipping, ability to customize, etc.
- Ecological impact of 3D printing (pros and cons).
- Galleria mellonella (waxworms are able to breakdown plastic, transforming polyethylene into ethylene glycol).
- Aspergillus tubingensis (a fungus which lives in the soil can grows on the surface of plastics. It secretes enzymes onto the surface of the plastic, and these break the chemical bonds between the plastic molecules or polymers)
- Ultra-Chic 3D Printed Bikini Cleans the Ocean
- Life Cycle Assessment
- The origin, usage and life cycle of plastic.
- Where does our garbage go?
- Plastic by numbers, what do the numbers on our plastic mean and where did they come from?
- Social enterprises like:
- Techfortrade—building the 3D Printing for Development ecosystem to support this disruptive innovation.
- Reflow (filament)
- Tridea (filament)
- 3DprintLife (filament)
- Filamentive (filament)
- Adidas uses Parley ocean plastic to update one of its classic shoe designs.
- Method Ocean Plastic Bottle —method teamed up with local beach clean-up groups and volunteers to collect plastic debris from the beaches of Hawaii to use for our ocean plastic bottles.
- Filabot —committed to developing novel, truly sustainable solutions for the 3D marketplace.
- Protocycler —A complete desktop filament recycler. Featuring integrated grinding and spooling, automatic computer control, and full safety certification. Create 3D printing filament sustainably, on demand, for free.
- Umi Hashi / Chopsticks made of ocean plastic
- AIR: avoid, intercept and redesign—Design strategy.
- Ellen MacArthur Foundation—Established in 2010 with the aim of accelerating the transition to the circular economy. Since its creation the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, establishing the circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across business, government and academia.
- Sustainable, changeable, digital – the packaging trends of the future.
- Ambercycle—NSF supported initiative to develop chemical technology to produce conventional polymers, such as polyesters, from a variety of fibrous waste streams.
- Aectual—Re-designing and digitizing the building industry by introducing technology connected to architectural products.
- WikiCell technology—an edible skin that takes the place of plastic packaging and protects the food or liquid within.
- Ellen MacArthur Foundation Teaching & Learning Resources
- Design is the Problem: The Future of Design Must be Sustainable
- 10 Things You’re Not Doing (But Should) To Help The Ocean
- The History and Future of Plastic
- The Future of Plastics
- Tightening the loop on the circular economy: Coupled distributed recycling and manufacturing with recyclebot and RepRap 3-D printing by Joshua Pearce
William McDonough and Michael Braungart
William McDonough and Michael Braungart
Rick Smith and Mitch Free