At TingTang Design we use extensively 3D printing.
We use it to prototype all our new products as well as for the little series. For example all our cubes’ feet are now 3D printed in house.
a few prototypes 3D printed
3D printing has many advantages:
- It is extremely versatile so you can change your design anytime and test it again in a matter of minutes.
- It is very frugal. You use exactly the amount of plastic you need and even less as the solid parts are filled with a mesh.
- With the proper machinery you can recycle 100% of your failed prints.
- As you manufacture your own parts you save in transportation and CO2 emissions.
Recently we decided to push a bit further this last point…
3D printers have become very popular nowadays. A few of our clients own their machine and for those who don’t, it is really easy to find a manufacturer nearby.
So we thought that rather than sending parts around the world we’d better send files; thus, the client takes care of the printing. It would be much faster, cost effective and environmentally friendly.
To download our parts’ 3D file check here : tetrix.tingtang.design/3d-print/
To promote this new approach we decided to make those files available for free.
Anybody can go on our website, download the files they need and print them.
You’ll find already the cubes’ feet set and our magnetic pen holder. More will follow soon.
If you have designed your own part please share it at the same place, it may interest others.
For those who want to go even further, you can print your parts with recycled filament. Here in Kuala Lumpur we are already printing with 100% recycled filament and we should be able to produce our own soon. Check out our project!!
This is what is needed to produce 750g of filament for 3D printer.
You can purchase recycled recycled filament here :
www.re-filament.com – tested – work great !
bpetfilament.com/ – not tested
You can contact us if :
- You encounter issues printing our parts
- You want to purchase a 3D printer and need advice.
- you want to get ride of your 3D printer you never used –our 3D printer orphanage will take good care of it.
Every year, the students of the French Lycee of Kuala Lumpur (LFKL) organise La Fête Verte (The Green Party), a full day dedicated to Ecology. Student’s projects are presented along with local associations and under the sun of Kuala Lumpur the event is generally full of great energy and rich encounters.
Because we knew how nice it was, we were really pleased to receive their invitation to showcase our 3D print technology based on recycled material.
We decided to bring our small 3D printer and a spool of PET recycled filament.
This filament has been made from 100% wasted plastic bottles. Our goal was to explain that waste material has value and that properly transformed, it can be as good as others.
By printing all day long we demonstrate how easy it is to use recycled filament instead of virgin plastic filament and how versatile 3D printing is.
The day before, we had modeled a special gift for the school, a little ingot with the letters LFKL in 3D on the top. We started the print in the he morning and it was barely finished at the end of the day.
We really enjoyed our day talking with so many kids and families about recycling. Many didn’t know much about 3D printing and were amazed to learn that we could actually print with recycled plastic bottles.
Well done and congratulation to all FLKL students !
As you may know, we at TingTang Design are putting a lot of effort into creating a more sustainable production and one of our objective is to shift from using virgin plastic to recycled plastic.
We have completed many tests and prototypes recently by 3D printing with 100% recycled plastic and the results came out great.
So we are happy to announce that from now onwards our cube’s feet will only be produced from 100% recycled plastic.☺ – orders are open!
With one small water bottle we can produce up to 3 feet.
The printed part keep the transparency of the plastic bottle it has been made of.
But this is only the beginning and we want to push forward!
Our next objective is to recycle local plastic waste to produce 3D printer filament.
Often, finding the value behind the waste is the best way to clean our landscape…
How it would work: We will collect local plastic waste (we have already found partners) focusing first on PET plastic (typically water bottle). We will wash, grind, dry and melt them to produce filament for 3D printer.
This filament will then be sold, mainly to ourselves, and the money collected will help in expanding the initiative to other places because Malaysia needs a lot of this little recycling plants.
This being said, buying the first set of machinery and producing the first batch of filament is expensive. To start off the project we are launching a fund raising campaign.
We welcome any amount of contribution be it small or big!
You may visit our Gogetfunding page to contribute :
You can also read more about our project on our website
We will keep you posted!