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Dr. He Lab’s Outreach project: create new life of plastic wastes

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Check out Dr. He Lab’s Outreach project: create new life of plastic wastes

Experts estimate that more than 5 trillion plastic products inhabit our living world. A huge percentage of plastic waste ends up in our own or animals' digestion systems, and this has created a need for a host of new ways of recycling. 3D printing technology has been very popular for fabricating and manufacturing products in industry, schools, and research institutes. However, tons of filament waste are piling up without a good strategy for waste disposal. This led Dr. He’s research lab to work with high school students and CPE undergraduate students to develop technology for recycling plastic wastes and 3D printed scraps. The plastic 3D scraps can be recycled back into 3D printable filaments. During the project, students collected 3D printing scraps from several campuses in Kansas and other states, extruded them into 3D printable filaments, and then used the recycled filament to make 3D printed valuable products, including lab liquid, handling pipette, as well as hand braces support for joint recovery. Join our adventure to convert trash into treasure while saving the world and building a greener earth.

We are excited to share the new video featuring this project focused on recycling 3D printed scraps.













Learn more about Dr. He's research @ http://www.he.faculty.ku.edu/ and @ https://twitter.com/KU_HE_Lab

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Gang Yang's Comprehensive Exam Defense | Friday, December 13th | starts @ 9:30AM | 298 Slawson

Stop Day - Movie Night | Friday, December 13th | starts @ 5:00PM | Beren Center (G192 Slawson)

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