E-waste is a serious issue—no one knows how to fix our existing electronic garbage problem, and yet we continue to dispose of tons of digital rubbish. However, while a new invention certainly won’t fix the problem, it definitely drives home one issue at play here: The fact that we could be doing a lot more with what we already own.
Instructables user named Mikelllc has uploaded his designs for a 3D printer which costs about $60 and is made from 80% recycled e-waste. Part of the idea, he writes, is to “help us to be more conscious about the big problems related with e-waste generation.”
He starts with two DVD disc drives and one floppy drive—which will supply the stepper motors for the printer. Then he grabbed a PC power supply along with other cables and a soldering iron, creating the guts of the printer by hand. The software comes from Repetier Host‘s free program, and the other hardware is made using cheap laser cut materials as well as a 3D-printed nozzle.